The Number One Reason for the Decline in Church Attendance

October 4, 2013
Rainer on Leadership Podcast Logo

Podcast Episode #025

Church membership and attendance have become frequent topics both at the blog and on the podcast. We highlight a recent post on how church attendance has declined in recent years, the main reason why, and how we can fix it.
While I don’t want to suggest there is a magic bullet to this problem, we discuss five approaches to address a low view of church attendance and membership. These five have proven to be the most helpful in hundreds of churches:

  1. Raise the expectations of membership.
  2. Require an entry class for membership.
  3. Encourage ministry involvement.
  4. Offer more options for worship times.
  5. Monitor attendance of each member.

Episode Sponsor

This week’s podcast is brought to you by Ministry Grid, a leadership training platform which will launch on 11/12/13. Ministry Grid will feature over 1,500 videos, including more than 200 free videos, and will be fully customizable to the needs of your church with the option for you to add content, create tracks for different ministries, and track the progress of participants. Ministry Grid will offer training for all areas of ministry from the parking lot to the pulpit. It’s training made simple. For more information and to check out dozens of free videos or to visit our blog, go to


If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at