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Myth 6. Congregations have difficulty adapting to the changing world around them because the majority of worshipers are not open to change.

Responses to two questions refute this myth.

First, worshipers were asked about the extent to which they agree with this statement: "This congregation is always ready to try something new." And 61% of worshiper responded "agree" or "strongly agree." Thus, it appears that most worshipers believe their congregations are not static entities, but rather vital organizations open to new ideas.

Always ready to try something new

Second, we asked "Which one of the following best describes your opinion of the future directions of this congregation?" As the figure shows, most said their congregation is either considering or already implementing new directions.

Future directions

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