A recent poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds that a large percentage of church attendees do not exclusively go to one church. “Of the 72% of Americans who attend religious services at least once a year (excluding holidays, weddings, and funerals), 35% say they attend in multiple places, often hop-scotching across denominations.”
According to Alan Cooperman of the Pew, “Mixing and matching practices and beliefs is as much the norm as it is the exception. Are they grazing, sampling, just curious? We really don’t know.”
--USA Today, December 10, 2009 p. A1 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
The real question is why? Why are people not settling in at a church home? Why do they find it necessary to hop-scotch around? Researcher Greg Smith has a possible reason that we ought to consider seriously. “These findings all point toward a spiritual and religious openness—not necessarily a lack of seriousness.”
If that is true, our response might be to increase our efforts to reach them with the pure and unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ.
John 4:35 (NASB) "Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.