NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Attending church on Easter Sunday is not a cut-and-dry decision for everyone – even for self-identified Christians. While similar numbers of Americans plan on attending (41 percent) as are not planning to attend (39 percent) an Easter worship service, 20 percent say they are undecided.
This large group without Easter worship plans was identified by Lifeway Research in a survey conducted just two weeks before Easter. Thirty-nine percent of those who rarely attend religious services and 19 percent of those who only attend on religious holidays haven’t decided if they will attend an Easter service.
“Christians who automatically attend church on Easter should be mindful of their many friends, neighbors and family members who haven’t ruled out the idea of attending,” said Scott McConnell, director of Lifeway Research. “It may be that a personal invitation is what would make a difference to them.”
Eighteen percent who attend only on religious holidays do not plan to attend on Easter, as do 92 percent who never go to church. About half (48 percent) of Americans who say they rarely attend church do not plan on attending at Easter.