From BBC News:
Nearly 100% of churchgoers “look forward” to sermons but only 17% think preaching changes the way they live, according to a survey.
Researchers at Durham University found 60% of churchgoers felt sermons gave them a sense of God’s love.
Evangelical Christians looked forward most to sermons, with Roman Catholics wanting to be educated, Baptists converted and Anglicans entertained.
But different dominations disagreed on the ideal length of a sermon.
Many Anglicans wanted a sermon to last less than 10 minutes – although up to 20 minutes was fine if there was no “waffle” – while Baptists were happy to sit through at least 75 minutes. Catholics wanted their homilies to be completed within 10 minutes.
Baptists and Catholics were more enthusiastic about the Bible being mentioned in sermons than Anglicans and Methodists.
Members of new, independent evangelical churches wanted sermons to be challenging and encouraging.