The Online World Boosts Church Attendance

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

A new report on the impact of the pandemic on Scottish churches has found doors opening to those who previously did not attend.

The report is based on a survey of 369 church leaders from across 27 denominations.

Christian Today reports, Church leaders spoke of “paradigm shifting” and “seismic” changes as a result of COVID-19.

Prior to lockdown, only 18 percent of churches offered some kind of online worship.

This number rose to 96 percent during lockdown.

Church leaders who already offered online worship, reported their audience increased from around one thousand viewers per week, to more than fifty thousand during lockdown.

82 percent of churches say they plan to continue offering some form of online worship in the future.

Reverend Mark Slaney, convener of the Scottish Church Leaders Forum, that helped conduct the survey, says the shift to online church life has drawn us into a much wider field for mission.

 

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