April 6, 2012 -
Tallahassee, FL - The Easter holiday usually brings in larger crowds to churches of many denominations. One study shows more than half of Americans don't always go through the same church doors they used to, choosing to convert to other religions.
A smaller group is being called the reverts. A study by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows 9% of Americans are going back to their religious roots.
Many religious leaders say this is no surprise.
Rabbi Schneur Oirechman, with the Chabad House-Lubavitch Jewish Center says, "I think it's part of the world getting ready for the coming of Messiah. Our generation is the last generation of exile and the first generation of the redemption and we're about to experience the coming of redemption any day."
Catholic churches are even adding adult programs to focus on returnees who worry they are not meeting the holy sacraments.
They say holidays such as Christmas and Easter definitely help bring old members back to the pews.
But in the end, religious leaders agree that many people find peace and guidance within religion.