I find this interesting, if for no other reason than it confirms something that I found out a few years ago, it isn’t the pastor that brings the people in, it is the congregation. When someone visits a church, there needs to be a follow up and it needs to be done by members of the congregation, not the pastor. The second visit will be by the pastor but not the first.
I also find it interesting that the survey shows that less than 0.3% of those who responded found the church on the internet. What does this say about our “drive” to put the church on-line?
And I go back to something I said a few weeks ago in my post “Thoughts for the 2nd Sunday in Advent”,
There is a balance between what we do for the church and what we do for God. It has become more of a social thing where we worry about paying the bills or the color of the carpet or when to have the next fund-raiser. If we were more in terms of what the Thessalonian church was doing, then the societal issues would be easily resolved. If the church today were more focused on providing that which the people truly need, then many of the issues that so dominate this world would probably disappear.
The cynic and the skeptic will tell me that this is all well and good but the church has to pay the bills or it cannot do the work. But people don’t talk about the church that pays its bills; they talk and they visit the church that welcomes them as Christ welcomed us. They talk and visit churches where the spirit of the Lord is alive and present in the thoughts, words, deeds, and actions of the members of the church. And I, unfortunately, know from my own experience that visitors to the church don’t want to hear about the financial problems of the church or the need to get involved in the next big church project/fund raiser. (from “Who Shall Feed My Sheep?”)
When a member of a church asks someone to come to their church, it is, I hope, because they know that others will find Christ. The very act of asking someone to come is part of knowing Christ.