The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Growing with contemporary

A survey shows that 64 percent of congregations that switched to contemporary worship within the last five years saw attendance increase by 2 percent or more. David A. Roozen, author of "Faith Communities Today 2008: A First Look," said the findings held true regardless of denominational affiliation (or lack of one). Fifty-three percent of congregations that started a contemporary worship more than five years ago and kept it saw at least 2 percent growth in worship compared to 44 percent that maintained a traditional service over five years and reported a comparable growth in attendance.


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