by LifeWay Research, 4/15/16.
America is launching new Protestant churches faster than it loses old ones, attracting many people who previously didn’t attend church anywhere, new LifeWay Research studies show.
More than 4,000 new churches opened their doors in 2014, outpacing the 3,700 that
closed, according to estimates from 34 denominational statisticians.
On average, 42 percent of those worshiping at churches launched since 2008 previously never attended church or hadn’t attended in many years, LifeWay Research finds in an analysis of 843 such churches from 17 denominations and church planting networks.