Why are our churches declining? How can we add more young families? What can we do to turn things around?
Painful, difficult questions that come from places of worry, heartbreak, and anxiety about the future. Over at That Reformed Blog – a blog collective where I share about once a month – I’m sharing a bit of my heart when it comes to decline in worship attendance. Here’s an excerpt:
At a denominational meeting in my region yesterday, I listened as our Classis president told us with concern that on a majority of annual reports, numbers of baptisms were down, as well as membership trends in general. In many churches and in many areas of the United States, worship attendance is at an all-time low, and the anxiety and pain that accompanies that reality is deeply felt in many churches.
And when there’s pain and difficulty and the realization that things are not how they are supposed to be, it can make us feel like we need to do something, like we need to do more, accomplish more, offer more things to people. We want to read more books, bring in more big name speakers, plan more activities, all so that we can boast to our communities, “We have just the thing you are looking for!”
To get the rest of my post, check it out here.