Preaching, not worship, takes priority for US churchgoers – but why?

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Surveys suggest that the sermon is the key factor affecting US church attendance. Stephen Radford/ Unsplash

Recent surveys suggest that the sermon – not the musical worship – is the main factor affecting the church attendance of US Christians.

The preaching, in both its application of Scripture and relevance to life, takes ultimate priority for both Protestant and Catholic worshippers, according to a Gallup poll released last week.

In contrast, the quality or style of church music was comparatively unimportant. Forty-four per cent of Protestants called it a major factor, and just 29 per cent of Catholics said the same.

In a more general survey of Muslims, Jews and Christians, three in four of those polled said that the sermon was a major factor in their religious attendance. The least significant ‘major factor’

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