Let’s discuss church attendance today.
I specifically want to know why some people choose not to attend church.
I want to hear about your experiences, but I also want to hear your opinions.
One of my passions is the local church. I grew up in church and there’s never been a time in my life when I didn’t want to go to church. (The picture in this post is one of my favorite churches…the Lutheran church my mother attended as a child and I attended with my grandmother when I was a child.)
Recently I was interviewed for a local online newspaper about the launching of our second campus. (You can read the article HERE.) In the article I stated a statistic that 86% of people in our county do not go to church. That’s what the latest numbers I’m hearing indicate. I didn’t make the number up, but I didn’t do the research either. Regardless of the accuracy of the number, no one who believes in church doubts that it is higher than we would like it to be.
So, today, I’m wonder why people don’t go to church. I’m not being naive. I realize many simply don’t share my faith, but I don’t think that’s the only reason. Somehow, I think if we understand why people don’t attend church, we can better address the issue.
Dialogue with me. You might consider some of these questions:
- Did you grow up in church?
- Do you go to church regularly now? How often?
- Has there ever been a time you didn’t attend church?
- If so, what kept you from attending?
- Do you think church attendance is necessary for a believer?
- Do you have friends or family who do not attend church?
- What do you think is their reason for not attending?
In your opinion, why do people not attend church these days?
Also interesting to me, in many surveys a large majority of people indicated that if a friend invited them to church they would likely attend. Sounds like we have some work to do.
Share your thoughts today...Perhaps we can learn from each other.