People attend churches today for reasons previously recognized
as neither significant nor valid. Doctrine, denomination, parental loyalty, or childhood rearing are no longer key factors.
Primary factors for church attendance today include geographic proximity, professional advantage, social opportunities, activities for children, and the personal charisma of the pastor - enclosed within a sense of belonging. But so defined, the church competes with a host of other institutions that promise similar opportunities.
W. Paul Jones, from Worlds Within A Congregation