22 Vital Stats for Ministry in 2022


The start of the new year can feel exciting, but it can also seem overwhelming. Recent years have revealed how difficult it can be to prepare for the unknowns coming in the next 12 months. 

Still, there are some statistical realities we discovered in 2021 that can help us as we think about ministry in 2022. 

1. 91% of churchgoers said they plan to return 

At the beginning of 2021, more than 9 in 10 pre-COVID churchgoers said they planned to attend in-person services as much or more than they did prior to the pandemic when COVID-19 is no longer an active threat to people’s health, according to Lifeway Research. Recent variants have complicated the issue, and as of late last year, the average church is still missing 1 in 4 churchgoers. There are steps churches can take to recover the missing, but this reality is shaping up to be the primary issue for 2022. 

Recent years have shown how difficult it can be to prepare for the next 12 months. Still, there's some research that can help us in 2022. 

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