By Brenda Jank
Are people not returning to worship at your church?
It’s rampant and it’s common.
Since God promises to bring good from all things, let’s seize this reality as an opportunity to mine for gems.
What does God have for us in what some are calling a Divine Disruption?
I believe the answer is, “a lot.”
There are many reasons why people are not returning to worship, but let’s focus on one, very real possibility.
Depending on the worshipping community, some, many, or most people at ‘church’ are unconnected.
On a Sunday morning, these unconnected people get into their car, drive to a church building, walk in, say hi to a greeter, sit down, spend about an hour looking at the back of someone’s head, get up, and leave.
There are some really terrific things that take place in that hour. The Word of God is spoken out-loud and God is acknowledged, worshipped, and glorified. But, there are some really important things that do not happen in that 60-minute block of time.
Prior to COVID, people attended church-as-we-know-it to watch and listen.
Since COVID, people “do” church-as-we-know-it to watch and listen.
Since this can be done at-home on a screen, why bother with a car ride?
Do you blame them?
We better not!
They are doing what is expected and getting what they are accustomed to – watch and listen.
Might this be a wake-up call?
What gems can we mine?
Would you like to join in on a conversation on this?
If so, reply to this post.
We will reach out and explore a time (via zoom) for a community conversation and a time to pray.
What are we learning?
What does God have to say to us, on this, in His Word?
Onward. Eyes on Jesus!