A columnist on ChristianPost.com outlined the reasons people go to church. It seemed like his thinking represents the problem churches are having at this time in their history. He does not understand his market.
He writes church is for three purposes: 1.) the glorification of God, 2.) edification of the Saints and 3.) evangelization of the world.
I would doubt many people wake up Sunday morning and decide whether or not to attend a church for any of those three reasons. Instead, they ask themselves, “Do I feel like going to church today?”
They answer yes to that question if they enjoy church, no if they do not. That is a deep as the reasoning goes.
With church attendence apparently dropping, thinkers in the faith should be trying to make the answer “yes”. The reason for a “no” answer must lie in the downer message in many churches.
The message about being born sinners and spending eternity in hell, as I have spelled out here before, is the major problem of the conservative branches of the Christian church, both Catholic and Protestant. Churches that have left that message behind seem to be growing.
The three reasons for church spelled out above just don’t seem to address the church attendence problem. They are, instead, a view of the church from the inside, from the view of clergy, administrators and office holders.
The sooner these members of the church establishment can grasp the problem they face and begin to address, the sooner the faith can continue its long term growth.