By Lyle E. Schaller
Are you continue to discomfort over the sight of empty pews? Have your efforts been greater than exhaustive in increasing your congregation? have you ever maximized your brainstorming capability for bringing in new individuals? in case you have reached what seems to be your restrict, then not be anxious, forty four how one can bring up Church Attendance can open the doorways of either your church and brain. With confirmed options for construction a physique for Christ, church leaders can bring up their club after which loose themselves to target different very important missions for God. Schaller's feedback will energize leaders and positioned their church buildings at the street of abundance.
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By 1995 this will be a far more influential factor in determining who attends worship on Sunday morning and where they attend than it was in 1965 when many of the buildings with poor acoustics already had been constructed. 6. Provide Plenty of Space for Fellowship As life becomes more relational, the size, shape, and quality of the place for fellowship becomes more important. Ideally, the room where the fellowship period will be held both before and after worship will (a) be on the same floor as the room used for corporate worship, (b) be located between the main exit from the sanctuary and the main exit from the building to the parking area, (c) be able to accommodate comfortably all the people who attend worship, (d) be designed so there can be at least two places for people to be served refreshments, one for adults and children and one for teenagers, and (e) be designed with the cloakroom near the main entrance and opposite the main entrance into the sanctuary (the design should encourage people to stop and talk before picking up their coats).
After several meetings we developed a new policy that makes no charge to anyone who uses the building. The only requirement for being married here now are (a) the minister must be willing to perform the wedding for that particular couple, (b) one or both parties must have attended worship here for at least six Sundays in the three months before the wedding is scheduled, or (c) one or both parties must be from a family who are members. The last provision is to accommodate the bride-to-be who moved away after graduation from high school, but wants to be married in the church where her parents are now members.
Does worship follow Sunday school or does Sunday school follow worship? If worship follows Sunday school, you offer people two reasons to get out of bed and come to worship. One is to come to Sunday school. The second is, "As long as we're here, let's stay for church. " When worship is first, you may be offering only one reason for getting up early. 5. Review Policy on Frequency of Lord's Supper Two generalizations can be offered in regard to the frequency of Holy Communion. First, back in the 1950s the common pattern in several denominations was to offer the Lord's Supper once a quarter.