By Lyle E. Schaller
Are you continue to ache over the sight of empty pews? Have your efforts been greater than exhaustive in increasing your congregation? have you ever maximized your brainstorming strength for bringing in new individuals? in case you have reached what seems to be your restrict, then not be anxious, forty four how one can bring up Church Attendance can open the doorways of either your church and brain. With confirmed ideas for construction a physique for Christ, church leaders can elevate their club after which unfastened themselves to target different very important missions for God. Schaller's feedback will energize leaders and placed their church buildings at the highway of abundance.
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Far more serious from a long-term perspective is that schedule teaches children either (a) they are not important, or (b) corporate worship is not appropriate for them. After several years of those messages some church leaders wonder why those children "drop out of church" when they feel they are too old for Sunday school. For those concerned solely with increasing church attendance, it should be added the "one-hour package" typically ties people into that congregation only at one point. For most adults it is the worship experience.
What is the policy? Three generalizations merit consideration. First, people are creatures of habit. Changing the schedule twice or more a year can have a negative impact on worship attendance as people are expected to learn new habits. Second, it is easier to communicate a clear message with a simple schedule in the Yellow Pages than a two-schedule format. Third, if changes are to be made, try to change only by addition, not by altering the existing schedule. Thus an additional early worship service might be offered on Easter Sunday and/or during the summer without altering the basic schedule.
The program of the Men's Fellowship can be designed to reinforce denominational loyalties, to undergird the congregationwide sense of mission and outreach, and to reinforce the relationship between the pastor and those men. The more the various events, experiences, and programs are mutually reinforcing, the more likely they will produce a stronger bonding of members to that fellowship. The stronger that bond, the more frequent the Sunday morning attendance. 3. Minimize Intemal Competition "Please don't be offended when a few of us get up and walk out about halfway through your presentation, " explained a member of the Homebuilders' Sunday school class to the visiting speaker.