Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: Donald McGavran pointed out there are three types of ecclesial growth: transfer growth, biological growth and conversion growth, with the last being the most important. Churches usually focus on transfer growth and this research shows why: almost 70% of evangelicals have switched churches at some point in their lives. So, with a large and relatively easy pool of transferees we may have taken our eyes off the even more important (and even larger) pool of people that want spiritual transformation.
By Aaron Earls, LifeWay, 12/29/16.
Most evangelicals have looked for a new church in their life. Evangelicals (67 percent) are most likely to have looked for a new church at some point in their lives. Catholics (41 percent) and the “nones”—the religiously unaffiliated—(29 percent) are least likely.