Church Attendance Patterns Are Changing And We Have To Adapt

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Church attendance is changing.

As recently as 20 years ago, if ten people became church members (either formally or informally) the average attendance grew by eight or nine people.

Not any more. Today, if ten people become church members, average attendance grows by five or six.

Here’s why.

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2 thoughts on “Church Attendance Patterns Are Changing And We Have To Adapt”

  1. Kenneth Mandley

    I grew up in a family and church that had high expectations about involvement. From SS teachers to bus ministry to cleaning the church and mowing the lawn, to Sat AM door-to-door evangelism, we were involved. Every young person took band in HS and were expected to play their instrument during service. I don’t know how much equipping was purposeful and how much happened by osmosis, but not only were most of in worship service 5 times per week, we were involved. Equipping of the saints for the work of ministry is a core belief. The problem is, just as attendance and giving patterns have changed, so has involvement. The same patterns regarding commitment to attendance influence how ‘committed’ Christians view the need to be engaged in ministry both inside and outside the walls of the building. Three words I’ve grown to hate “we’re too busy’. We can say that pastors ought to be focused on equipping but people must be willing to be equipped.

  2. Kenneth Mandley

    I grew up in a family and church that had high expectations about involvement. From SS teachers to bus ministry to cleaning the church and mowing the lawn, to Sat AM door-to-door evangelism, we were involved. Every young person took band in HS and were expected to play their instrument during service. I don’t know how much equipping was purposeful and how much happened by osmosis, but not only were most of in worship service 5 times per week, we were involved. Equipping of the saints for the work of ministry is a core belief. The problem is, just as attendance and giving patterns have changed, so has involvement. The same patterns regarding commitment to attendance influence how ‘committed’ Christians view the need to be engaged in ministry both inside and outside the walls of the building. Three words I’ve grown to hate “we’re too busy’. We can say that pastors ought to be focused on equipping but people must be willing to be equipped.

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