What Is the Best Time for a Worship Service?

May 3, 2016
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Podcast Episode #221


Discuss about the origins of Sunday morning worship service times as well as the most common times and some not-so-common worship times.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Your worship service start times will be influenced by capacity, culture, and convenience.
  • Why not be convenient with the worship service start time at your church?
  • 11:00 AM is typically the latest start time you will see for churches with one service.
  • Often worship times are dictated by parking capacity and not worship center capacity.
  • You might be able to reach an underserved segment of your community with a non-Sunday morning worship time.
  • 8:00 AM on Sunday morning is fast becoming the most preferred worship time for Boomers.
  • It’s ironic that we consider 8:00 AM an early time for worship—but not for work.

The six considerations we discuss regarding worship times are:

  1. 10:00 AM Sunday: the most popular time.
  2. 11:00 AM Sunday: the most traditional time.
  3. A time that is at the top or bottom of the hour.
  4. A time to reach those who can’t come on Sunday morning.
  5. 8:00 AM Sunday: the Boomer time.
  6. A memorable time, like 11:11 AM.

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