Periodically, Christian writers post explanations about how important it is for believers to attend church. They quote scripture about how the common experience is imperative for a believer. But, church attendance continues to fall.
It seems to me that a church service is exactly the opposite of entertaining oneself on a smart phone. Smart phones moves fast, church moves slow. Church is one person’s view of an issue. The smart phone can find many views.
Also I think there is a broad over reaching cultural change about “shared experience.” I think people still enjoy a shared experience like church used to be, but they want a narrower band than what church offers. They do not get enjoyment from sharing with others a similar god. They want to hang out with people who share the same views on politics and narrow threads of Christianity. Two Catholics share a Pope, but one may not attend mass because she sees no women as clergy.
Pope Francis is trying to solve this problem. He is trying to steer a path between conservative and liberal factions. He has replaced some conservative Bishops and administrators. In doing so he has moved the needle at bit to the left. But, it has not brought people back to the pews. Most likely is that nothing will bring them back to either Catholic or Protestant churches.
Invitations say, “Come to church with me.” The answer is, “No thanks. I own my own church.”