January 10, 2007

can't get no satisfaction

Barna on House Churches: "Perhaps the most compelling insight from the national study was an evaluation of the levels of satisfaction of those who attend a house church compared with the views of adults who attend a conventional local church. Four aspects of people's church experience were gauged. Overall, people attending a house church were significantly more likely to be "completely satisfied" with their experience in each of the four dimensions examined." >> more via TSK

I don't think the consumer approach Barna takes to his stat-taking is the best but this is nonetheless very interesting.

3 comments :

+ Alan said...

Yeah, I'm not into the whole Barna thing. I'm sure he's seeing something but whatever. The whole "satisfaction" thing is very suspect to me. That statement could very legitimately be taken as a negative one. If people are "satisfied" in themselves with and about a church, then hmm, I wonder what's going on. I hope that made sense.

Jason said...

it certainly does make sense. I agree that the whole satisfaction spin is in fact negative in some senses. I think a lot of it is the perception of the pollster that church is still about "religious goods and services".

Beth said...

Yes, the trend is interesting, but the Barna "are you satisfied" language reminds me of that episode of King of the Hill where Hank & Co go church-shopping and end up at a megachurch where they are annoyingly surveyed as to their "satisfaction" every time anything happens.

Is it spiritually profitable at times to endure patiently while dissatisfied? I would find it hard to make an argument from the Bible that the answer is no....

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