Lodreh wrote: Is it the practices of the Church that keeps people from attending or is it the petty social aspect? Honestly, it's probably pure laziness more than anything else. Going to church is kind of like going to the gym. You know it's good for you, but once you get out of the habit of going, it's hard to get back into it. I've been a regular churchgoer in the past, and expect to be one again in the future. A large part of the reason I don't attend regularly is that my opinion of what makes a good Christian is slightly different than the doctrine of my denomination and radically different from most practitioners of my denomination. Of course, deep down, I know that's not a good reason. I should have just joined another denomination, but (for reasons of my own) I haven't done so yet. Of course, I really have no excuse for not having at least done some serious research into the different denominations. But that's where the laziness kicks in. However, to answer the specifics of your question, it's some of both. The practice that annoys me most is the tendency to preach rather than to teach. The social aspect that annoys me the most is the petty bickering and backstabbing that takes place in any organization. Often I find that the only thing I have in common with most of them is the most basic tenets of Christianity.