I love attending worship services at church. Sunday is the high point of my week. At the same time, I realize that not everyone shares my viewpoint. Take a look at this alarming graphic:
The first thing that this graphic points to is that reports of church attendance may be inflated. So, it may not be your imagination that you seem to be the only family on your street that is heading out for worship service on Sunday morning.
Secondly, the reason for the reference to 3 out of 8 Sundays is that the definition of a “regular attender” at church has now become one who is in their seat 3 out of 8 Sundays. (Approximately 1.5 times per month.)
I would like to point out that the definition of a “regular attender” continues to shift. When Diane and I were growing up, “regular attendance” meant you were in church on Sunday unless you were “sick unto death.” We can recall no Saturday evening discussions or debates on whether or not our families would be attending worship service the next morning – it was as inevitable a death and taxes – were were going. These days the church is in stiff competition with travel, athletics that roll right over Sunday, and lots of other options. At least for the foreseeable future, not much is going to change about the church attendance patterns of people.
in light of that, here are some things we CAN do:
- We must make sure that our programs at church are of the highest quality so that when families and individuals attend worship service, it touches their hearts and they desire to return. We must plan, prepare, and provide excellence in every worship service, class, program, and ministry. We are committed to that.
- We need to place a high value on the interpersonal connections that are made in the church assembly. The digital age in which we live can make personal contact with others a rare thing. When the church is fertile ground for meaningful relationships, people want to be present and place a premium on being there.
- We need to present a quality product online. As you can see, our worship services are streamed live and access to our services is available on this website 24/7. This is a great way to get our message into the hands and heart of people even if they are not physically in attendance.
Finally, to those of you who are in your seat far more than those 3 of 8 times that now constitute “regular attendance,” we say “thank you.” Your commitment and effort are deeply appreciated.