According to the American Bible Society (ABS), the number of people attending in-person church services in the US is on the rise, the Christian Post reports.
During the pandemic not only were many churches forced to temporarily shut down, but it also impacted attendance as people chose to stay home and watch services online.
But that downward trend has stopped, and though a sizeable percentage of people are still deciding to view services online, the number of people attending church services is steadily going up according to ABS’s “State of the Bible USA 2023” report.
The survey, which is taken annually, has noticed a steady increase in church attendance over the past three years.
In 2021, 38% of people who answered the survey said they attended church services. This increased to 56% in 2022 and in 2023, 67% of people stated they were now attending in-person church services.
There was also a corresponding decline in those watching online services over this same period. In 2021, 45% of responders said they watched services online, and in 2023, this percentage had dropped to 21%.
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