Summary of views of those 3,348 people researched who felt forced to leave:
a. 61 % of people left their last church because of a conflict with another member resulting from gossip or strife that would not stop, was not true, or was not properly dealt with. They also marked a lack of hospitality and a lack of Bible teaching second or third, making this category 91% of significance!
b. 19 % or 640 people felt not being connected; the lack of hospitality was the number one reason. They also marked a lack of teaching second or third, and gossip also as the second or third reason. The significant factor in this category is 66%!
c. 18 % or 613 people said it was because of a lack of solid Bible teaching; they also marked gossip and strife and lack of hospitality as second or third.
d. 4.5 % or 140 people left for reasons of inconvenience; the church was too far, parking too difficult, services too long, preaching was boring, or some minor theological disagreement. It is interesting to note that this is the least of the categories for why people leave, but are what most people in church leadership and consulting spend their time and energies trying to connect with!
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[Research from 1992- 2004, revised 2007 R. J. Krejcir Ph.D. Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development http://www.truespirituality.org/]