New Poll: How Do You Read the Bible During Church Worship Services?

When a Bible passage is read during a worship service at your church, or when the pastor mentions a verse during a sermon, how do you follow along? Do you grab the trusty physical Bible you brought from home? Pull up mobile.BibleGateway.com on your phone? Tell us how you read the Bible during church:

How do you read the Bible during church worship services?

  • I bring a Bible from home (72%, 3,954 Votes)
  • I read the Bible on an electronic device (smartphone, e-reader, etc.) (15%, 799 Votes)
  • I just read what’s printed in the bulletin/sermon notes (7%, 394 Votes)
  • I use a pew/house Bible (6%, 312 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,484

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Our last poll had our biggest-yet turnout, with over 4000 people voting! Thanks, everyone!

The question was an easy one: How many people attend a typical weekend service at your church? The results didn’t shake out like I expected them to. Take a look:

Fewer than 100: 31% (1,324 votes)
100-250: 26% (1,106 votes)
More than 1000: 16% (694 votes)
251-500: 16% (685 votes)
501-750: 6% (267 votes)
751-1000: 5% (216 votes)
Total Voters: 4,292

Perhaps naively, I expected the over-1000 votes to dominate the poll. However, despite the prevalence of megachurches around the world, the majority of our readers attend churches on the smaller end of the scale. Thirty-one percent of you go to a church with 100 or fewer attendees, followed by 26% at churches in the 100-250 member bracket.

I’ve regularly attended churches in almost all of these categories (I’m just missing the 501-750 set). If I’ve learned one thing from the experience of attending churches of so many different sizes, it’s that numbers say little about a church’s spiritual health—the real life of a church is in the small groups and ministries that come out of it.

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  2. New poll: how many different Bible versions do you read regularly?
  3. New Poll: Does Your Church Have Sunday School?
  4. New Poll: Which Gospel Account Do You Connect with the Most?
  5. New Poll: How Many People Attend a Typical Weekend Service at Your Church?

Posted by Chris

Filed under Polls and Surveys