According to facts I learned yesterday at my Leadership Booster Workshop, on any given Sunday, there are:
* 40% of your church’s membership roster that won’t show up. That means 40% are staying home, on vacation, sick, in a nursing home, at the hospital, worshiping elsewhere or on a business trip.
*75% of people in my town are not worshiping anywhere. That means they are either of another faith that doesn’t keep a Sunday Sabbath, they are some of the 40% that don’t show up, even though they are technically members, we haven’t introduced them to our church or, just flat haven’t invited them.
*75% of Protestant Churches are worshiping with fewer than 150 parishioners.
*Churches that are growing (adding to their number, like the early church in Acts) have a 5 visitor/100 worshiper ratio.
*During the Recession, charitable giving o’the green has actually gone up, but Church giving (tithes, offering, designated funds) have gone down. So, people are giving more, just not to Church.
I don’t want to paint too bleak a picture for the Church. For a body that started with 12 hard-core believers, we’ve not done bad at all! I do want to find out from you, though:
Where are you on Any Given Sunday? If you have a church home, how did you know it was the place for you?