Shocking Study Reveals Baptists Raise Hands In Church More Than Pentecostals
Contrary to conventional wisdom, you will find more raised hands during a Southern Baptist church service than at a Pentecostal service. Faith Trends Research Group recently published the study which found that during a traditional Baptist worship service 92% of attendees will raise their hand at some point, while only 69% of attendees at the normal Pentecostal church will so the same.
Reverend Hobart M. Tucker of Butler Mill Baptist Church sheds some light on the finding that is incredible to many people. "Well, I've been Baptist my whole life. I've heard all of the jokes about us being the frozen chosen, and how the Pentecostals 'really knew how to worship.' It was common for people to ask if our arms were tied to the pews. I would laugh, but I knew in the back of my mind that things are not as they appear." Rev. Tucker leaned forward in his chair and said, "Here's the secret... Basically no one raises their hands during the singing of the hymns. I'll give you that. But when I ask who has an unspoken prayer request, nearly the whole congregation lifts their hands. I give them the chance to indicate their desire for God to move in their life, and that is what moves the needle."
The study has been a blow to the Pentecostal movement which has long prided itself on being more physically expressive during worship. Pastor Barry Trousdale of Alive Assembly of God responds to the results of the study, "I don't want to sound like sour grapes, but in my spirit, I feel like the study is unfair. If you factor in 'unspoken prayer requests' it seems like cheating."
Rev. Tucker smiles and says, "I've had my suspicions for a while. Not that this is a competition, but it is good to have some evidence to hopefully silence the opposition. When I announced the results of the study this past Sunday, several people almost clapped. But obviously, we only clap after a special song or when there is a birthday."