Barna conducted the annual State of the Bible survey, commissioned by American Bible Societyto examine behaviors and beliefs about the Bible among U. Bible Engagement Is Stabilizing Levels of Bible engagement appear to be stabilizing after the brief dip in the Engaged segment since and the steady increase in Skeptics in recent years. Levels of the Neutral segment have remained somewhat steady since hovering around the low- to mid-twenties.
Contemporary worship seems particularly important in attracting young adults. Worship is no longer an exclusively Sunday morning affair -- people worship at many different times from Friday through Sunday evening They also worship in many different languages; the survey on which the report is based identified 66 different languages.
The author is Marjorie H. She is secretary of the Religious Research Association and has written extensively about worship, congregational vitality and clergy leadership. Drums and projection screens [forms of contemporary worship] do not fit in every tradition or with every age group.
The report is one in a series produced by The Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership CCSPbased on a survey that analyzed responses from 11, randomly sampled congregations of all faith traditions in the United States. Overall, the Faith Communities Today survey series includes responses from more than 28, congregations.
Non-denominational congregations and those from historically Black denominations have led the way in introducing contemporary worship styles and instruments and other innovations. Sunday morning remains the most common time for worship, but congregations are adding evening services.
Multiple opportunities for worship are more typical of groups with larger numbers of constituents, such as Roman Catholics and Muslims. Change continues to occur slowly.
When asked how much they had changed in the last five years, nearly half of all congregations said they had not changed at all.
When change occurs, it is not without its costs. Forty-two percent of congregational leaders reported conflict over how worship is conducted, over the last five years.
In general, non-denominational Protestants are the leaders in adopting contemporary worship. This group is newer than conservative or oldline Protestants, are somewhat larger and have a higher percentage of young adults.
Size affects worship in several ways. Larger congregations, with more resources, are more likely to use drums, electric guitars, and visual projection equipment. In most faith groups, innovation in worship is more typical of the West and South.
Decreasing average attendance at worship is the biggest difference since The median size of the congregation decreased in every Christian denomination group.
Congregations with contemporary worship elements are more likely than others to be rated as vital. Several characteristics of worship were positively related to growth in attendance between and — multiple worship services; worship described as joyful, innovative and inspirational; and the use of drums, electric guitars and projection equipment.April – At the orders of a commander, a year Air Force veteran was forcibly and physically removed by four other airmen because he attempted to use the word “God” in a retirement speech.
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