Hello? Church callers stay unconnected

Which churches are hard to reach
Many Protestant congregations schedule special music programs and added services before Christmas in hopes of attracting churchgoers and visitors. But a national telephone survey last Advent encountered a less than hospitable response: repeated calls to 3,400 randomly selected Protestant churches revealed that 55 percent of those congregations either answered via machine or made no response whatsoever.

Actual responses by people were most likely at mainline churches (63 percent), including American Baptist, UCC, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran and Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations, reported the Barna Research Group of Ventura, California. The United Methodist churches topped the responsive list at 64 percent, followed by the historic black National Baptist churches (62 percent) and congregations aligned with the large Southern Baptist Convention (61 percent).


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