One of the cultural trends I hear ministers struggling with is the issue of regular attendance no longer meaning weekly attendance. Even committed people might be in church only every few weeks and that drops attendance numbers even when the number of people involved has remained the same.
Carey Nieuwhof is currently addressing this in a series of blogs and podcasts. I will update this post as new ones appear (so remember to check back) but the first are:
- 10 Reasons Even Committed Church Attenders Are Attending Church Less Often (blog)
- Why People Are Attending Church Less Often And How To Respond – An Interview with Will Mancini (podcast)
- 5 Ways To Embrace Infrequent Church Attenders (blog)
- 10 Predictions About The Future Church And Shifting Attendance Patterns (blog)
- Churchless: Why And How Is America Learning To Live Without The Church – An Interview With David Kinnaman (podcast)
- Carey Nieuwhof’s leadership podcasts on iTunes.
- Will Mancini blog on this topic
Have Your Say
All of this comes out of the United States and may not reflect the New Zealand situation. Do you see this as a major trend for us and what do you beleive are the reasons and the answers?