In the last 24 months, the conversation has come up far more often and, to many leaders, feels much more urgent.This isn’t a post about why people have the church (that’s a different subject.) This is the first in a series of posts about church attenders who love God, appreciate the local church and are even involved in the local church, but who simply attend less often.This post is the first part of a 5 part series on why people are attending church less often: Part 2: CNLP Episode 23: Why People Are Attending Church Less Often—An Interview with Will Mancini.Part 3: 5 Ways to Embrace Infrequent Church Attenders Part 4: 10 Predictions About the Future Church And Shifting Attendance Patterns Part 5: CNLP Episode 24: Churchless: Why and How America is Learning to Live Without The Church—An Interview with David Kinnaman So why all this attention?
There are simply more affluent people than there were decades ago, which may in part explain why so many “average’ people indulge their obsessions with granite counter tops, designer homes and decent cars, even without being mega-wealthy. More and more families of various ages travel for leisure, even if it’s just out of town to go camping or to a friend’s place for the weekend or a weekend at the lake.Either way, failure to see a direct benefit always results in declining engagement.So what are you doing or not doing that leaves people feeling like there’s not that much value?church, the likelihood of showing up regularly or even engaging their faith decreases over time.At our church, I find our most engaged people—people who serve, give, invite and who are in a community group—are our most frequent attenders. Church leaders who fail to recognize this will not be able to change rapidly enough to respond to the shifts that are happening.