The study by Canadian researchers found that churches with positive growth rates have at least two things in common: they implement contemporary styles of worship and they stick to a literal interpretation of Scripture. "This study was important because it quantified empirically something that evangelical renewalists have been saying for decades — theology matters," said the Rev. Tom Lambrecht, vice president and general manager of Good News Magazine, a United Methodist publication. In addition to a literal interpretation of Scripture and more modern worship services, the study also found that an emphasis on evangelism was key to church growth.
"One of the reasons that people are drawn to modern churches is because people don't want to be part of a monument." stated Pastor John Daffern. "They want to be part of a movement. One of the greatest beauties of Christianity is that it is living and active."