Report Says Americans Who Are Spiritual Seekers Are Increasingly Likely to Visit United Methodist Churches

Americans who are spiritual seekers are increasingly likely to visit United Methodist churches, according to a recently released report.

United Methodist Communications released the findings of a survey fielded by the Barna Group that examined the trends of religious seekers in the United States.

Among adults seeking more spirituality in their lives, 42 percent said they were willing to visit a UMC congregation. This is an increase from the 28 percent who said this in 2017.

Thirty-percent of respondents also said they hold a positive impression of the UMC, while 44 percent held no opinion. The 30 percent was 2 percent higher than reported in 2017.

United Methodist Communications also reported on Dec. 4 that the survey found that about half of those who said they were willing to visit a UMC congregation plan to do so within the next three months.

Barna conducted the study from Aug. 30 to Sept. 11 via an online panel. They used a nationally represented sample of 675 U.S. adults aged 18-49 screened to verify that they met the definition of a “spiritual seeker,” with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

Dan Krause, chief executive of United Methodist Communications, said in a statement released Dec. 4 that the survey results showed the denomination “garners positive perceptions among potential churchgoers despite ongoing conflict within the denomination.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski