A new Lifeway Research report claims that 2 in 3 U.S. church goers have made their way back to in-person worship at their church. The remaining third still cite lack of confidence concerning the virus and potential outbreaks as their main point of hesitation. If church members are waiting for the end of COVID-19 before returning to church, this percentage may return to worship at a slower pace, if at all.
Many of those lagging in their return to church have found comfort in online services, but even those participants are starting to lag. The lack of community and personal interaction is the one thing that virtual worship experiences cannot replicate.