We Are Decreasing Our Church Attendance

English: Jesus, followed by Simon Peter and Andrew

English: Jesus, followed by Simon Peter and Andrew (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What if I said, “We are decreasing our church attendance.”

Most people would laugh or figure we were doing something wrong.”What happened that they lost so many people? I wouldn’t go to that church.”  For many success is growth. Really?

From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:66-68a

“Ya, Jesus just said we have to drink his blood and eat his flesh. Who does Jesus think he is, he is crazy.”

This was a test to see how far they would trust His teaching. He was really telling them about the kind of connection they would have with Him. He would be one with them in body and blood through communion. He was about to get a theology lesson out but they could not handle it. They left! Why wait for an explanation just leave when you think it is out there.

“Do you have a choir”, asked a traditionalist choir soprano. “No we don’t have a choir”. Well I sing soprano in a four-part choir. Personally the kind of soprano she was talking about could make the dead rise and run away. I don’t like that old style choir. Heavy on the soprano.  “Go to the Presbyterian church. They have their service and choir at 9:45 am.” They liked my preaching but not enough without a choir where she could join the choir. They left!

You see our membership lists are out of date by the time they are written out and distributed. I like to have somethings static rather than fluid. “Look here is our membership directory”. “Wow it is nice”. “It has been the same for 15 years”. Membership lists are fluid and that drives me crazy. I like to see the things that we work on stay the same. Note to self – If Jesus could not hold the crowd with his preaching what makes you think that you will preacher. If you are holding people and there is no one is challenged, then I would consider if you are preaching the truth.

Some people don’t want to and won’t understand what you are talking about.

Preach the truth and see the numbers rise and fall. Then see what the trustees think of that? “Remember preacher we have bills to pay. We have to do anything we can to hold the people in church.” Some will accept the truth about Christian living others will not. Even those that are closest to you will not understand.

In our day of political correctness people are offended quickly. They are the ones that make that choice to support or get offended. Over the years you will see many walk away. That can be discouraging. Do you think you can bat 100%? Jesus didn’t so why do you think you can.

Church member, do you walk away from the hard sayings or are you trying to understand and support? Some leave, will you leaving too? Remember, who is it that has the words of eternal life…

Should the church back away from the teachings that go directly against our culture’s beliefs?

 

Pastor Lupe Diaz 2014

 

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