By Lyle E. Schaller
Are you continue to ache over the sight of empty pews? Have your efforts been greater than exhaustive in increasing your congregation? have you ever maximized your brainstorming power for bringing in new participants? in case you have reached what seems to be your restrict, then not agonize, forty four how you can elevate Church Attendance can open the doorways of either your church and brain. With confirmed recommendations for development a physique for Christ, church leaders can bring up their club after which unfastened themselves to target different vital missions for God. Schaller's feedback will energize leaders and placed their church buildings at the street of abundance.
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1. Change the Policy on Weddings What is your policy in regard to weddings? Does your current policy encourage nonmembers to pay money for using the building? " 2. Encourage Children to Worship God Perhaps the most influential single policy in regard to the size of the crowd on Sunday morning concerns the attendance of children. While no one has been able to prove a cause-and-effect relationship, numerous surveys have revealed that parents of young children who bring their children to worship attend church more frequently than do parents with children of the same age who are not accompanied by their children at worship.
The range of participation includes the children's sermon, a children's choir, older children serving as acolytes or ushers or greeters or receiving the offering, or liturgical dance. Another subtle reason this policy can influence church attendance is reflected in the debate over "the one-hour package. " Many people contend that it is essential, if the goal is to attract parents of young children, to offer worship at the same hour as Sunday school. In addition to undercutting the educational ministry and the group life of the church and in making it difficult for many teachers to both teach and attend worship, this schedule often tends to encourage erratic attendance by the parents in worship and by the children in the Sunday school.
44 Ways to Increase Church Attendance by Lyle E. Schaller