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The people who attend your church are incredibly busy, but they make time for the things they care about. They show up to the things they think are important and value the most.
When the long-anticipated movie comes out, their favorite band comes in concert, or it’s their kid’s birthday, people just don’t miss.
Thing - Sunday - People - Day - Something
One thing that’s true every Sunday is that the people who didn’t come to church that day are somewhere! They decided that something else was more important. Many good reasons are normal and natural such as family vacation, sickness, a destination wedding and many others. That’s part of life.
The point here is more about the “every-week” Sunday options, other than church, that present a greater benefit or value than attending church.
Days - Pastors - Or - Hebrews - People
The days are gone when pastors can merely say, “You should attend church.” Or quote Hebrews 10:24-25 and expect people to come back next week.
The people who attend your church need to experience the benefit of attending your church. I don’t mean that in a purely consumer frame of reference, although that’s not a bad place to start. It’s a good thing if people attend your church because they “get something out of it.”
People - Church - Value - Vision - Number
This also means that many of the people who attend your church see the value in participating in the vision by serving in any number of ministry opportunities.
Above all, don’t be upset with your people who don’t attend often. If you view people who don’t regularly attend as spiritually immature and uncommitted, that’s how they will respond. And over time, they will sense how you feel about them.
Contrast - Flock - Ministry
In contrast, if you see them as the flock you love and care about, you will continue to do your best to inspire, encourage and deliver the best ministry you can so they want to come back.
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