Trust of clergy hits an all-time low
Americans’ rating of the honesty and ethics of the clergy has fallen to 47%, the first time this rating has dropped below 50% since Gallup first asked about the clergy in 1977. Clergy have historically ranked near the top among professions on this measure, hitting a high rating of 67% in 1985.
Seven other professions grade higher than pastors, but that is nowhere near the occupation with the lowest level of public trust – car salespeople, members of Congress and lobbyists all rated in the single digits.Source: Gallup
Megachurch statistics from 2013
5 million – Number of people who worshipped in a U.S. megachurch last weekend (if it was a regular weekend, with Christmas and Easter being much higher).
1,650 – Current number of megachurches in the United States, according to church lists compiled by Leadership Network.
0.5% – While almost 10% of Protestant churchgoers attend a megachurch, these churches represent only about half of one percent of the roughly 320,000 Protestant churches that exist in the United States.
Warren Bird has more numbers about the impact and reach of megachurches, those averaging 2,000 or more in weekly worship service attendance.Source: Leadership Network
Facebook dominates social media platforms, but all grew
Some 73% of online adults now use a social networking site of some kind. Facebook is the dominant social networking platform in the number of users, but a striking number of users are now diversifying onto other platforms. Some 42% of online adults now use multiple social networking sites. In addition, Instagram users are nearly as likely as Facebook users to check in to the site on a daily basis.
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have higher proportions of daily users than the others.Source: Pew Internet
2013 brought changes to views on social issues
For the first time, just over half (51 percent) of the public favor same-sex marriage, while 42 percent are opposed. The number of states allowing same-sex marriage doubled, from nine to 18.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey details more on same-sex marriage and other trends from this past year.Source: RNS
Podcasts listeners more than double since 2006
At year’s end, some of many lists to ponder involve “best podcasts.” While they vary according to taste, what’s apparent is that podcasting still has a significant place in online life. Indeed, 2013 was the year that Apple announced the one billionth podcast subscription had been logged on the iTunes store.
Pew found 27 percent of internet users download or listen to podcasts, up from 12 percent in the summer of 2006.Source: Fact Tank