5 Ways to Encourage and Maintain Church Attendance

I understand. Really, I get it. We all get it. Church is hard to get to. It’s the weekend, and we always meet in the morning when it’s sleep-in time. And when it’s not sleep-in time, someone has a soccer game or in-laws in town and need to get brunch or the rare family vacation. We’ll go for a friend’s baptism; we’ll go for Christmas, for Easter, or when we really feel like we haven’t been to church in a while. For some, it’s because church is so far away (finding a faithful congregation can be hard when Joel Osteen rules the American Christian world). For others, it’s because of those scheduling issues. But we need to get there. As the author to the Hebrews writes:

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25

So without much significant ado, here they are: five ways to keep you going to church.

Join a Small Group

It’s the weekly get-together with friends. Not just a class, but true fellowship time – what’s going on with Joe’s girlfriend, did Rachel get that promotion at work, and Mark and Daniella are getting married! But once the food is eaten and the socializing’s simmered down, it’s time to get “serious” – Bible study time. And how do you keep up with the conversation if you missed church, the sermon? Merely being prepared requires being involved. This is a huge encouragement to get to church on its own.

Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.
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