June 17, 2018
Last week Dan and I worshipped in a large non-denominational church outside of Chicago where Dan’s parents attend. They have a pattern of running both a contemporary and a what they call a “classic” service at the same time—one with a live preacher and one with the preacher on video. They have been in the middle of growing pains which include construction to make a bigger space for contemporary worship and expanded parking and adjustments to their classic worship services (large choir, organ music, and a majority of worshippers my age and older) to consolidate and strengthen participation. They have prayed, asked for input and discussed ideas among the leadership for some time, and are trying to find the right ways to keep their classic worship services full while their contemporary services are growing.
Churches of all stripes pay a lot of attention to the number of bodies in the pews. We Presbyterians keep close track of members, count worship attendance and Christian education attendance and report our averages to the General Assembly each year. We get grouped in the small church category, because our worship attendance is under 100. Continue reading