84% Of Pastors Plan to Hold Church Services on Christmas Day

Due to expectations of low attendance, only 84% of pastors plan on holding church services on Christmas Day, according to Lifeway Research. In 2016, 89% of pastors planned to hold Christmas Day services. 60% of pastors currently plan to have both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day church services.

From Fox News:

Josh Camody, the pastor of New Covenant Christian Church, posted a video on Twitter saying there would be no services on December 25. "Enjoy some time at home with your family," he said. 


"Families have many traditions on Christmas morning, and most pastors acknowledge not as many of their members will be present compared to Christmas Eve and services earlier in the month," Scott McConnell, executive director of Lifeway Research, said in the report. "However, churches not holding services on Christmas Day are still the exception."


"Canceling church to celebrate ‘Christ’mas — that should not make sense to any believer," Nathaniel Jolly, pastor of Homer Reformed Baptist Church in Homer, Alaska tweeted.  

"Isn’t it tragically ironic that some churches will be closed next Sunday because Christmas falls on that day?" David Cassidy, lead pastor of Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, Florida tweeted. "In some places the magi might show up for worship and find the doors locked. In an ironic twist of the tale they’d find that there is no room for them in the church."