In his recent blog “Declining numbers demand revised approach to church,” Eric Nelson shares his love for church and its healing impact on his life. He also suggests that it is the individual’s love for church that attracts others. You will want to read this blog originally published on July 27, 2015 in Communities Digital News
No doubt, it would be great to see a few more folks at church on Sunday. As nice as it is to have an entire pew (or two, or three) to myself, I’d gladly give up the surplus real estate for even a handful of extra voices to back me up on the hymn-singing.
But if I’m really being honest with myself, there are times – probably more than I’m willing to admit – when my desire to include others in this weekly gathering is motivated less by love and more by fear. Fear of being in the minority. Fear of defending an unpopular choice. Fear of having climbed aboard what I’m sure a good number of my friends and family members assume to be – and what sometimes feels like – a sinking ship.
The latest study from the Pew Research Center certainly doesn’t help. “The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing,” they report. “Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups.”
Not exactly the sort of news that inspires confidence.