June 11, 2016

Diminished Sunday attendance is not the soccer league's fault

Diminished Sunday attendance is not the soccer league's fault. It's ours. Own it. Change it.

If you're a ministry leader, ask yourself this: could you effectively do Sunday morning by yourself? Sure, it'd be awkward to preach to an empty room or have no one come to the table to receive communion. But if Sunday requires no one but you than eventually it may end up being that: just you and an empty room.

There are a lot of demands on Sunday morning. Soccer games. Sleeping in. Late morning workouts. A leisure cup of coffee with a paper at the cafe. Brunch with friends. If the contribution of others is not needed. If folks don't walk away from a service with a clear idea of how participating in worship has added value to their life, even changed their life, they won't show up. They shouldn't show up.

Participation matters. Which means that an invitation to participate matters.

Participation matters. Which means that the added value of participating on Sunday ought to be obvious to the people attending.