Growth in worship attendance falls into one of two categories:
- Increasing attendance among those who already attend.
- Increasing the number of people who attend for the first time.
For those already attending:
- Renew membership vows. Every four years, ask members to recommit, in a
public ceremony, to the vows they made when joining the church.
- Set personal attendance goals. Members often are asked to make faithpledges
with their money. Why not with their attendance? Experience has
shown attendance jumps by at least 10 percent.
- Preach to answer people's questions. Take a survey and ask three
questions: "What do you wonder about most?" "What do you worry about
most?" "What do you wish for most?" Then give them God's answers.
- Tell people they were missed. When regular attenders miss a Sunday, drop
them a card or e-mail and let them know they're an important part of the
church—and are missed when they're gone.
For new attenders:
- Add a new service. According to Lyle Schaller, half of all churches in the U.S.
should add a new service—and most will experience growth as a result.