Who wants their congregation to grow?
That should be everyone, right? Who is doing something to make the congregation grow? What can we do?
I want to focus on how to make things better and put those concepts into practice. Churchleaders.com repots that
study published in 2005 in The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion by sociologists C. Kirk Hadaway and Penny Long Marler reveals that the actual number of people worshipping each week is closer to Olson”s 17.7% figure — 52 million people instead of the pollster-reported 132 million (40%
If you want our attendance to grow, we must pray. Some may equate this with doing nothing, but prayer is the best thing you can do. When the church was growing at her best in the first century, what were church leaders doing? “We will devote ourselves to prayer and to thr ministry of the Word” (Acts 6.4). What about the great benevolance work going on? We have people for that–Acts 6.2,5. But the apostles prayed and preached.
If you want your attendance to grow, you must attend. One of the greatest factors in church decline is absent members. The members simply are not there. There may be “nothing really wrong” as we say, they just happen to be somewhere else.
Tom Ranier wrote an article titled, “The Number One Reason for Decline in Church Attendance”. The number one reason?
Stated simply, the number one reason for the decline in church attendance is that members attend with less frequency than they did just a few years ago. Allow me to explain.
If the frequency of attendance changes, then attendance will respond accordingly. For example, if 200 members attend every week the average attendance is, obviously, 200. But if one-half of those members miss only one out of four weeks, the attendance drops to 175.
Ranier goes on to say: ” Of course, the heart of the problem is not declining numbers but waning commitment.”
God said, “do not forsake (neglect) the assembly in Hebrews 10.25. Your home church is important.
If you want your attendance to grow, you must be positive. The Bible demands we “reprove, rebuke, and chasten”, but we must also “encourage one another, and so much the kore as you see the day approaching.” Psalm 103.2-4 says:
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
This is a worshipful heart. Proverbs 25.11 says, ” Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.”
We must preach the truth in love.
If you want your attendance to grow, bring a friend. Philip said to Nathanael, “come and see” (John 1.46). How many frienda do you have? How many people do you know? Talk to them about Jesus. Bring them to church.
If you want your attendance to go up, bring your family. I write unto you fathers especially now. We are challenged to train our children for God’s service–Ephesians 6.1. A recent book titled Gospel Powered Parenting recorded the following statistics:
Dad, you really need to go to church.
If you want your church to grow, be evangelistic. Preach the Word. Make disciples. Christisns, this is what we do. Lets go do it. What a joy it would be to see new Christians every day! Lets make that happen. God can do it.
Finally, There may be some places where the Gospel is jot well received, it happened to Jesus–Mark 6.1-5. But we still must try.
1 Corinthians 15.58, Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.