The results of a new survey from Lifeway Research may come as a surprise to pastors and worship leaders.
The study found that most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher, but they will choose to leave a church if the foundational beliefs are tampered with.
These findings can serve as a wake-up call, says the American Pastors Network’s (APN, www.americanpastorsnetwork.net), to pastors who may be trying to reach people through music, programs or style rather than the substance of the Gospel.
“It is crucial that American churches return to the core of the Gospel—the true focus of who and what the church should be,” said APN President Sam Rohrer. “Today’s pastors can get caught up in the style of music, programs offered, the environment and even how leaders dress. While these things may deserve some attention, they should not be the focus. The foundation of the church must be its theological position and how strongly it is rooted in the Word of God. Rightfully so, the people in the pews realize this.”