8 Reasons Christians Are Leaving Denominational ChurchesWhile working on an unrelated research project, I recently came across some data published by the Hartford Institute of Religion Research. Though the information was five years old, it still seemed highly relevant today. In essence, the data showed that nondenominational churches are now the second largest Protestant group in America. Only the Southern Baptist Convention is larger. Here are some of the fascinating nuggets from that study: There are more than 12 million people who affiliate with nondenominational churches. The research found at least 35,000 nondenominational churches in America. Nondenominational churches are in 88 percent of the counties in the United States.
Nondenominational churches are one of the top five largest religious groups in 48 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In light of the growth of these churches, I conducted an informal Twitter poll and asked why people are moving to nondenominational congregations from churches affiliated with denominations. Here are the top eight responses in order. There is obvious overlap in some of the responses. MORE