Pastor's Post for February 2020: Stay Connected To God and One Another

I was shocked to see some of the latest statistics taken by Barna Research Group.  They were evaluating the ability for a church to maintain an “online only” ministry model.  These numbers were compiled from April 28th - May 11th, 2020.  During this time we were doing online Bible studies and parking lot preaching services.  Look at how interaction dropped among the age ranges.

Boomers (Ages 57-75)

26% Stopped Attending  

11% Switched Churches

40% Stayed at Same Church

Gen X (Ages 41-56)

35% Stopped Attending  

17% Switched Churches

31% Stayed at Same Church

Millennials (Ages 25-40)

50% Stopped Attending  

8% Switched Churches

30% Stayed at Same Church

  • Stopped Attending - They saw no value in continuing to attend.

  • Switched Churches - They found more value in attending somewhere else.

  • Stayed at Same Church - They still see value in their current church.

What these statistics show is that there has been a significant drop in younger adults and families attending church.  Less than 50% of all three age brackets stayed at the same church and many of the younger adults and families stopped attending church all together.

The apostle Luke wrote in Acts 2:42 “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.”

There are some who are either in poor health, great risk or in extenuating circumstances that are not able to attend church.  Our homebound members are some of the sweetest most spiritual pillars of our church.  They cannot be at church but can participate through our online activities.  I am grateful for that, but I also know the challenge many pastors and youth pastors are having in our association.  We must remain true to the core values of church and encourage others to join us again.  We must love God, love people, preach the Bible and offer a loving community to those who attend either in person or online.  God is in control, these times will pass and greater days are ahead. Stay connected to God and to one another!

In Him,

Pastor James
Adapted from an article by John Squiric - CEO Truth Advertising
Age Ranges Taken From This Post