Numerical change in church attendance

Numerical change in church attendance: National, local and individual factors Voas and Watt 2014 “Executive summary The national challenge 1) The reason for decline in affiliation and attendance is the failure to replace older generations of churchgoers. The problem is not adults leaving the Church: it is that half of the children of churchgoing parents do not attend when they reach adulthood. 2) This key finding has important implications. Retaining children/youth is critical; it is easier to raise people as churchgoers than to turn the unchurched into attenders. There is no harm in pursuing programmes aimed at former or non-churchgoers (Back to Church Sunday, Alpha, etc.), but expectations need to be realistic. Recent history suggests that gains and losses during adulthood are roughly in balance; the challenge is to retain the new generation”