As much as you and I may dislike it, we can’t argue with the fact that people are attending church less often than they used to. It’s not uncommon for someone to attend church once or twice a month. That’s becoming the norm, and even your most committed members may only show two to three times a month.
There are lot of different reasons people are showing up less, like more traveling, kids’ activities, and the emergence of online options. But what concerns me most is that it just seems like people don’t see the value in attending a church anymore.
I gave my life to Jesus when I was 20 years old, and I fell in love with the church shortly after. It just made sense that those two things went hand in hand, especially when I realized the joy of serving others.
It was no longer about attending church; it was about being the church. The church didn’t exist to meet my every need. I moved from being a consumer to being a contributor. This made a world of difference for me.
Let’s face it, people who show up and never get involved are not going to be real concerned with church attendance. They’re going to show up once or twice a month for the music and message, and they’re going to leave. You can try to guilt them into showing up more, but you’ll be wasting your time.
People no longer feel guilty about skipping out on church.
So, what should we do?
If people aren’t showing up to church, you engage them where they are. That seemed to be Jesus’ strategy, and it’s a strategy that still works today.