There have been many reports of dwindling church attendance and talk of social media and busy social lives putting church on the back burner for many Americans. Some local church officials say attendance has changed in recent years, and social and media changes have forced religious institutions to reinvent themselves in some ways. But they say houses of worship will endure, with some alterations, as religious leaders explore new ways to maintain relevance in people’s lives.
A Gallup article by Frank Newport published at Gallup.com in 2015 says that five of the six New England states rank among the bottom 10 states for church attendance. Of these, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts have the lowest average attendance rates in the nation, with Connecticut not far behind: a poll shows Connecticut with a 25% church attendance, Gallup.com reports.