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Reasons for not attending a church

January 1, 2011 One Comment

In online survey conducted by Lutheran Church–Canada asked respondents who said the do not regularly attend church the reasons behind their answer. 

  • Not welcome. (This is a recurring answer.)
  • Not interested.
  • If God is everywhere I don’t have to go to a specific place at a specific time to be close to Him.
  • Sometimes find organized religion somewhat hypocritical.
  • My inability to have blind faith.
  • Too much of the same; Can’t see much point.
  • I had bad experiences in church; Can’t find one that likes me for me.
  • Can’t find a church that makes me feel comfortable and part of the family.
  • It is hard to find a church which is easy to be open about your homosexuality.
  • Spouse not Christian.
  • Work schedule and exchanging kids with ex-wife.
  • Can’t find a child- and young-family-friendly church.
  • My beliefs don’t correspond to those of any of the religions I know about, which all alienate me.
  • I think that church is boring and unproductive. I would rather be at home and I don’t feel I need special time and a place to listen to and be with God.
  • There is too much chaos and controversy in the church for me to want to become involved with it. I would rather have a peaceful, personal, non-hypocritical relationship with God…
  • I have a hard time finding a place to worship where people are authentic rather than just ‘playing church.’
  • I cannot attend a place of worship that excludes other people based on their religion, beliefs, or sexual orientation.
  • There is no real place of worship for someone who doesn’t know what the truth of the matter is.
  • Disappointed.
  • Lost my faith.
  • Waste of time…I wish I could believe in something… but science is the answer.
  • Don’t like the thought of influence or brain wash or being told what my morals and values should be according to someone else.
  • Time of services, mobility reasons, distances from church.

One Comment »

  • Canadian Lutheran Online » Blog Archive » What do people say about the Church? said:

    […] When asked if respondents attend church regularly and we received a “no,” the survey then asked why the respondent does not attend church. Some of the answers are challenging and eye-opening for those of us who desire to or are involved in reaching out to others in Christ’s name. (See responses here.) […]

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