Nearly 70 Percent of Churches Use Hymnals, 52 Percent Have Praise Teams, Poll Finds
Nearly 70 percent of churches still sing songs from hymnals and about half feature a praise team, according to a new poll that also showed the so-called “worship wars” are not as prominent as they once were.
The survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors by LifeWay Research found that 69 percent of them say hymnals are a regular part of their worship service and 52 percent say praise teams are regularly featured.
Piano music (79 percent) is also popular, while organ music (47 percent), praise bands (46 percent), choir-led songs (33 percent), choir-only songs (32 percent), music tracks (22 percent) and orchestras (9 percent) are less prominent.
Significantly, the survey found that only 15 percent of Protestant pastors say their biggest challenge in the area of music is navigating the various music preferences of members. A previous LifeWay Research poll showed only 5 percent of churchgoers would switch churches if the music style changed.
Mike Harland, director of LifeWay Worship, said the data shows worship wars are no longer common.
Hymnals are more popular in smaller churches, while praise teams are used more in larger churches. Eighty-five percent of churches with less than 50 in attendance use hymnals, compared to 41 percent of congregations with 250 or more. But 79 percent of those churches with more than 250 in attendance use praise teams, and 75 percent of them feature a praise band or rhythm section.
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