Why Church Members Attend Less Frequently

July 4, 2017
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Podcast Episode #342

Regular church attendance has waned in recent years as the commitment level from members has dropped. Today, we address five major reasons for this drop in attendance.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Is the church so important that you need to gather with other believers on a regular basis? Yes.
  • It is extremely difficult to make disciples of church members if you don’t know where they are.
  • Culture is not causing churches to compromise. Churches are compromising and culture is saying it’s okay.
  • The way you bring people into a church will show them the expected commitment level for the future.
  • Those who are leaders in the church set the example of commitment for the rest of the church.
  • If leaders in your church sporadically show up, the rest of the members will see that and follow suit.
  • Unfortunately, there are a significant number of Christians who don’t see church attendance as important.

The five reasons we discuss are:

  1. We are minimizing the importance of the local church.
  2. We worship the idols of activities.
  3. We take a lot of vacations from church.
  4. We do not have high expectations of our members.
  5. We make infrequent attendees leaders in our churches.


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