An excerpt from a web article that I wrote for PFR... follow the link at the bottom for the rest of the post.Okay, case study time… Think about this one with me:
You are facing a problem in your congregation. Nothing moral, or ethical, or theological, but a good old fashioned practical problem: Something you are doing is just not working, and you are stuck.
You have been trying really hard and not getting anywhere:
- You put on a great program that people say they want, but then the attendance is weak the day of the event. You lose money and the volunteer leaders are discouraged…again.
- Families are more committed to youth sports on Sundays than to worship.
- You preached a great twelve week series on renewal (or prayer, or community) and while the buzz at the door was great, the noticeable change in the pews was, well, unnoticeable.
- Membership is down, attendance is down, Bible study and small group participation is down.