USA today has an unsurprising survey on the reasons while people change churches. Clearly only the people who changed churches without moving home are worth investigating and the reasons were mixed;

Most of the switchers who changed their house of worship without making a residential move (58%) say their old church failed to engage their faith, or put their talents to work, or it seemed hypocritical or judgemental.

But 42% of the people say they switched because another church offered more appealing doctrines and preaching or the preacher and church members’ faith seemed more “authentic.”

But the writers identify restlessness as the key point. In other words, either ‘I am not getting what I want here’, or ‘the grass is greener on the other side’.

There is some hope though. Brad Waggoner, LifeWay’s vice president of research and ministry development says:

There’s no simple answer why people are so restless … [but] we have a biblical responsibility to care for every person in our flock.

Found via: Think Christian

Previously: Changing churches