Why is the church you attend your church? In many cases, you go there because you know someone who is a member there. It could be a relative, friend, neighbor, or coworker who invited you. After the invitation and your trial run, you decided to look closer. As a seeker, you ask yourself, “Is this church a good fit for me?”
Friendship or family ties seem to overpower all other influences. Young families tend to look for programs for their children. Parents want their kids to be enthusiastic and safe. Safety is the primary concern of parents.
Activities for young people usually supersede spiritual concerns. Evidence shows the rise of Sunday morning youth activities. Parents make their choice between sports and Sunday school. Sports are winning, based on church attendance, contributing to the decline of churches.
Many worship centers, especially the smaller ones, are made up of life-long members. Their parents brought them to church; they grew up in God’s house like Samuel of old. They will serve God all their lives there. The only thing that will move them is job relocation.
So, what is the typical church to do (average attendance in America is less than one hundred)? Two options come to mind. Remain the same or do something different.
A difference maker includes reaching out to new people and sharing the gospel. And in doing so, you may need to start innovative Bible study programs. Some churches incorporate a more contemporary style of music. Before changing your worship style, the congregation needs to agree. Many churches have difficulty with this decision. Whatever you decide affects your future outreach.
If changes happen, will your church still be yours? If there is an agreement in the congregation, then go ahead. If there is disagreement, pray until there is a total agreement.