Denominational switching is the action of changing from one religious group to another within the Christian Tradition, e.g. from Uniting Church to Anglican Church, Catholic to Pentecostal, etc. Denominational switching. In the past people tended to remain with the denomination that their parents had baptised them, however in more recent times denominational switching has become more common. Many people, especially young people, find their denomination boring or out of touch and switch to a more exciting and engaging denomination. This has led to an increase in Pentecostalism. Revivals and crusades also led to denominational switching. Also the breakdown of the traditional family structure has led to denominational switching. Children of divorced parents have been found to be more likely to switch denominations. Also with multiculturalism, when two people marry from two different denominations this usually results in one choosing to switch to the other’s denomination. The Protestant Church in Australia – Inflow and Outflow 1996 to 2001
The diagram shows the switchers in and out (from and to the Catholic Church) are fairly matched. Protestant attenders are more likely than Catholics to switch between denominations, but they generally move to other Protestant churches. Pentecostal Churches Inflow and Outflow - 1996 to 2001
The pattern of overall growth in attendance is strong and positive. The percentage change between 1996 and 2001 was even greater that for the previous five year period. (18% vs 10%). A key difference between the two time periods is the improvement in terms of the ‘front and back doors’. The most recent model shows that there are now more newcomers (15%) than there were five years earlier (10%). In terms of outflow, the level of estimated drift out dropped from 15% to 14%. Rather than a net loss for this pathway, the Pentecostal churches present a more balanced picture. This should be a source of real...
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