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Church Attendance & COVID-19

Systematic collection and analysis of multi-denominational church attendance behavior within the United States during the period surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Outreach Magazine
Exponential

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This graph shows the fraction of January 2020 attendance as of January 2021 and April 2021. Of churches surveyed, in-person attendance was down 60% in January of 2021 but had recovered some by April of 2021. Perhaps most surprising is that attendance at churches with less than 100 congregants as of January 2020 had increased by April 2021. We suspect, this may have to do with selection of those churches responding and may not be representative of all churches.


This graph shows the fraction of January 2020 online attendance as of January 2021 and April 2021. Of churches surveyed, online attendance was 3 times larger in January of 2021 relative to January 2020. As in-person attendance has started to increase, online attendance has dropped slightly. Notable is that online attendance has increased most substantially for medium sized churches (100-999 in-person attendees as of January 2020).


This graph gives a visual representation of in-person church attendance as of January 2020 compared to January 2021. A dot below the solid black line implies that in-person attendance had fallen. A dot above the solid black line implies that in-person attendance had risen. As can be seen, most churches observed a significant decline for in-person attendance during 2020.

This graph gives a visual representation of in-person church attendance as of January 2021 compared to April 2021. A dot below the solid black line implies that in-person attendance had fallen. A dot above the solid black line implies that in-person attendance had risen. As can be seen, most churches have seen congregants begin to return during 2021.

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