Study Finds Only About a Third of Protestant Churchgoers Read the Bible Daily

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (The Baptist Standard) Among Protestant churchgoers, only a third spend time reading the Bible every day.

The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research found those who regularly attend Protestant churches are inconsistent in their reading and thinking about Scripture. The study identifies Bible engagement as one of eight signposts that consistently show up in the lives of growing Christians.

“This research asked churchgoers about many biblical characteristics to see which actions, beliefs and desires are present in the lives of followers of Christ,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. “Among them, Bible reading was one of the most predictive of spiritual maturity.”

A third of Americans who attend a Protestant church regularly (32 percent) say they read the Bible personally every day. A little more than a quarter (27 percent) say they read it a few times a week.

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