I Am A Church Member – On Every Book Shelf!

I am Church Member

Reasons I Liked the Book

I like this book for several reasons. To list a few: it is small, simple, easy to read, practical, inexpensive and it has some great insights. Some of the content makes for some great discussions in small groups.

FIRST Read The Introduction

Many of us dive right into reading chapter one, but in this case I STRONGLY recommend reading The Introduction for it sets the stage for the chapters to follow. The introduction includes a story of the interaction between two different types of church members. If you are a seasoned church member I am sure you will be able to relate.

Church Hoppers Gone Wild

Church Hoppers Gone Wild

I know we have all heard people talking about people who hop from one church to another.  Church Hoppers Gone Wild are people who habitually hop from one church to the other.

This video, in a comedic way shows a guy who prefers to customize his church going experience and since he can’t get everything at one church, he hops over to several in pursuit of having it his way.

Doing Church Differently

Are there churches who serve blueberry bagels, coffee, or have excellent greeters, or have pastors who preach to itchy ears?  Yep!

I’m not saying that churches must fall in line with what other churches are doing, but what I am saying is churches can have a completely different look, feel  and experience than what we have become accustomed to.

People are curious by nature and experiencing something new always yields an appeal.

We’ve heard many pastors from the pulpit accuse people of church hopping and even chastise them stating that they are not willing to make a commitment; there is no sense of loyalty and they are running away from accountability. Although I believe these statements are true, I believe they hold true to a smaller demographic.

This is a very common complaint heard by churches experiencing a dwindling of their Sunday morning attendance.

In the blog, Is Sheep Stealing a Form of Evangelism? we listed five top reasons why people visit other churches.The answers ranged from just wanting to experience something new to being bored or feeling spiritually deficient.

Although there are are certainly people who would rather ‘date’ a church than to ‘make a full commitment,’ AND while they may share in some crazy quirks like the man on the video, I think most people wander from their churches into the sanctuary of other churches on a regular basis in an attempt to meet a need that perhaps is not being met at ABC Church.

Church Hopping and Empty Pews – a Red Flag

If we see, before our very eyes, the evidence of more empty pews, is the answer to chastise the ones who are in the service or rather see it as a ‘RED’ Flag – a symptom of a greater problem that needs to be addressed. And think about it, the ones who are accused of church hopping aren’t even there to hear the rebuke.

The blog Is Sheep Stealing a Form of Evangelism? also addresses some suggestions in safeguarding your sheep.

A Church that is NOT Growing is Dying

Can you think of some other reasons why people church hop?

Dr. James Emery White wrote an excellent article from a different perspective on “Church Hopping” addressing those ‘hard-core’ hoppers.

As pastors or church leaders what suggestions would you give to rectify the problem of declining membership, dwindling services and empty pews?

 

 

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