Between 40 and 50% of those who identify as Christian attend religious services mainly for religious holidays and rites of passage. They show up every Christmas. They show up every Easter. They baptize their children. They want to get married in a church, but they don't attend any other time of the year. Click the green play button to listen to Dr. Joel Thiessen: Dr. Thiessen identifies three reasons they do show up occasionally in church:
Tradition — Tradition is a powerful anchor that guides our behavior.
Family — Much like sitting around the dinner table, attending a religious service brings back the family memories.
Sacred Space — feeling closer to God in a church.
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