8 Keys to Recovering Your Missing Churchgoers


If your church has reopened and restarted in-person worship services but is still missing some of your churchgoers, you aren’t alone. 

U.S. Protestant churches are gathering in person at pre-pandemic levels. According to a Lifeway Research study, 98% met in person in August 2021. U.S. Protestant churchgoers have not yet returned in pre-pandemic levels, however. The average church is still missing more than 1 in 4 churchgoers, as the average pastor estimates their attendance is 73% of what it was in early 2020.

When asked in February 2021 if they would to return to church when COVID-19 is no longer an active threat to people’s health, 91% of churchgoers said they planned to attend in-person worship services at least as often as they did before the pandemic. There is a sizable gap between the current church attendance numbers and what churchgoers expressed they would do. 

Close to 1 in 5 pre-pandemic churchgoers have said they plan to come back to church, but have yet to make their way back, or at least back at the rate they were attending previously. This can leave churches in difficult situations. Some congregations may be missing key volunteers. Others may be struggling to make their budget.

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