Lifeway Research conducted research and issued a report called The State of Theology. It’s interesting that 56% agree that their “pastor’s sermon is not authoritative over my life.” I wonder why? People may be turned off by something in the church, or the church has lost its spiritual authority and has become a sort of disseminator of theological reasoning and spiritual “buffet” where people can pick-up what they need or want and take it home with them. Is this why 52% of Americans also said that worshiping alone or with their family is a valid replacement for regularly attending church? (p.5 of whitepaper). The report (commissioned by Ligonier) includes a white paper and survey of key findings. Have a peruse.