The Atlantic had an interesting article recently discussing a new Pew Research survey on the way folks choose and attend churches.
A couple of things grabbed my attention. First, those who are less engaged in religious worship cited logistics and mistrust of religious institutions as two big factors influencing their reduced participation. This actually makes sense—if you disagree with something, you tend to participate less, particularly in our world of ever increasing busy-ness.
And there’s probably plenty for those of us “of faith” to think about here—how can we make it less difficult for folks to participate and how can we build genuine relationships and reputations that engender trust?
On the flip side, there’s a silver lining in the survey, too. Those regularly attending church have gotten more active in recent years, not less. The article noted that “belief brings people to worship, it seems, while logistics keep people away.” This, too, makes sense—those who connect and stay connected to church tend to be those who are genuine believers.
And here, too, there’s plenty to think about. In particular, how can we build genuine relationships that engender trust? After all, it’s about introducing people to Jesus and inviting them into a relationship with Him—that’s ultimately the “belief that brings people to worship,” right?
And it’s funny—regardless of whether someone has become more active or less active, the answers aren’t all that different. Building communication, having genuine relationships and being trustworthy are the things that make the difference. Guess I know what I need to work on now.
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