Which Churchgoers Would Skip Sunday Service to Watch Football

LifeWay finds less than 1 in 4 men would trade weekly worship.
Which Churchgoers Would Skip Sunday Service to Watch Football
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Most American churchgoers would rather attend church than watch their favorite football team. But a few diehard fans are willing to miss out on worship to watch a game.

About 1 in 7 churchgoers (15 percent) say they’d skip church in order to watch their favorite football team, according to a survey of 994 churchgoers from Nashville-based LifeWay Research [infographics below].

Though some pastors blame sports for declining attendance, researchers found most of the faithful balk at skipping church for football.

More than 8 in 10 (83 percent) disagree with the statement: “I would skip a weekly worship service in order to watch my favorite football team.”

Many worshipers had particularly strong feelings—nearly 7 in 10 (68 percent) strongly disagree.

“Most churchgoers put divine revelation ahead of division rivalries,” says Scott McConnell, vice-president of LifeWay Research.

Some churchgoers, though, are more devoted to their team. Especially ...

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