The vast majority of Protestant churchgoers in the United States do not attend alone, but rather go with family or friends, according to a new report by LifeWay Research.
In a report titled “Most Protestant Churchgoers Don’t Go to Church Alone” that was released Tuesday, LifeWay asked Protestant churchgoers who normally travels with them to church.
Eighty-one percent of respondents said they attend church with at least one other person, with options including spouse, children, grandchildren, other family, friend, or someone who lacks transportation.
Respondents were allowed to select multiple options. The most common response was “my spouse,” with 54 percent of respondents selecting that option.
The next most common was “child/children” at 31 percent, followed by “another family member” at 18 percent, and “friend or acquaintance” at 11 percent.
Those who responded that they travel to church by themselves was 19 percent, with respondents aged 50 or older being more likely than respondents aged 18-34 to say they travel alone (23 percent vs. 13 percent).
LifeWay drew from an online survey conducted Sept. 20-27 of last year, which had a sample of 1,002 American Protestants who attend church at least once a month.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski