By Lyle E. Schaller
Are you continue to anguish over the sight of empty pews? Have your efforts been greater than exhaustive in increasing your congregation? have you ever maximized your brainstorming strength for bringing in new contributors? when you have reached what seems to be your restrict, then not be anxious, forty four how one can raise Church Attendance can open the doorways of either your church and brain. With confirmed strategies for development a physique for Christ, church leaders can elevate their club after which loose themselves to target different vital missions for God. Schaller's feedback will energize leaders and positioned their church buildings at the highway of abundance.
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Conceptualize a Larger Context Instead of thinking in conventional terms about a youth fellowship or Sunday school classes or Mother's Day Out or a church picnic or occasional Bible study groups or a Men's Club or a choir, it may be useful to think in terms of larger and more inclusive terms. Four examples will illustrate this point. Instead of thinking in terms of a high school youth group, consider the idea of creating a new ministry with families that include teenagers. This concept irmnediately opens the mind to contemplate specialized facets of that larger program with stepparents or one-parent households or stepchild-stepparent relationships or classes for parents are experiencing their first encounter of living with a teenager or a sharing group for parents who are about to say farewell to the last teenager in the family.
Visit two recently constructed airport terminals and study the seating arrangements. c. At one minute before the beginning of worship on a typical Sunday morning count the number of worshipers seated at the end of a pew and count the number of worshipers seated in the interior section of the pews. These three sources of data may enable the trustees to discover the seating arrangements that people prefer. Ideally, the place of worship will be designed with chairs, rather than pews, so the number of chairs each week will be the number of people expected for worship minus 2 or 3 percent.
It may alienate those who joined convinced this was a voluntary association where the extent of participation was determined by the member, not by the institution. It cannot be accomplished overnight, but it can be the most effective single approach to increasing the frequency of church attendance by the members. The evidence suggests it also may be an effective means of attracting a large number of new members, but that also usually requires excellent preaching, a meaningful worship experience, and a high quality ministry of Christian education.