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Some pastors are saying that church attendance is down. People who used to attend church are no longer attending any church at all. Some pastors are saying that people who leave the church are prideful and are trying to go their own way. Some people who left the church are saying that they can no longer find a church that is preaching/ teaching the word of God.
What can / should pastors do to increase church attendance? Should pastors be about increasing church attendance? Should people return to church? What should they look for in a church?
What if they cannot find a church? How can the body of Christ keep from being scattered?

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Comment by debrah on March 16, 2009 at 11:40pm
Thank you Juanita I will check out The PowerPoint...It is very sad to see the body of Christ being scattered..you are so right that it takes work...Preaching/Teaching and standing on the Word of God, prayer and honest communication. I also agree with the need for us to repent and return to our first love.
Comment by Juanita on March 16, 2009 at 11:13am
Debrah,

What great questions.

There are problems - without a doubt. When we try to do anything collectively, we need to organize. But, organizations have many pitfalls. It is a two sided coin... organizing allows us to do things we cannot do ourselves, but also introduces other things that need to be handled: roles/responsibilities/communication/visiblity/feedback/accountability.

The biggest problem with creating organizations is that they age and as they age, they become ineffective. Jesus highlighted the problem when he told us that old wineskins would not accommodate new wine. And, he told us the solution – we need new wineskins for new wine.

Many churches have solved these problems. I have a brief PowerPoint presentation that outlines what need to happen…
It starts with three things. Repentance. We lose sight of our mission, why we are here. We’re here to seek and save the lost and see them matured. “Go make disciplined followers of all Nations.”
Courage – it takes courageous individuals who will step out and make the changes needed.
Prayer – nothing happens without God.

Yes, there can be effective, churches!
Yes, there can be ineffective churches that leave everyone wondering – what is the point.

It’s easy to settle for an answer, “Well, God doesn’t want us to organize. It doesn’t work.”
People take the same approach to marriage, “There is too much divorce, we’ll just live together so when it doesn’t work we can just go our individual ways.”
Neither solution gets to the root of the matter. It is hard to do things right. It takes work, skill, stick-to-it-ness, humility, forgiveness, starting afresh and many other things that are not ‘natural’ us.

If you’re interested in digging a little deeper for the solutions… this power point is a good place to start. And, I would highly recommend the book, “Comeback Churches”.

The PowerPoint is HERE...

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