The Barna Group, a Christian polling organization, asked American adults “What helps you grow in your faith?”
Americans responded by listing prayer, Bible reading, family, friends, even having children.
But you know what was missing? Church.
In fact, going to church didn’t even crack the top 10.
Only 49% of Americans said that church attendance is “somewhat” or “very” important. 51% say going to church is “not too” or “not at all” important.
The older you are, the more important church attendance is. Only 2 in 10 adults under the age of 30 believe church is important.
Most importantly, a third of those who say church is not important take an anti-church stance.
This is clearly demonstrated in that those who used to consider themselves “regular” church attenders went to church three to four times a month.
Today, those who attend church once every four to six weeks consider themselves “regular” church attenders!
Two thirds of all young people who grew up in our churches have dropped out of church.
So, how do we get them to come back?
That’s the question today’s churches are wrestling with.
I think this is the wrong question. I don’t think those who have an anti-church stance are ever going to come back to church. Those who believe church is a waste of time, totally irrelevant to their daily lives aren’t coming back to church.
I believe the question we in the church need to be asking is “How do we take the church to them?” How do we take the gospel, the good news, to places where people are. Instead of being a church that’s about “Going to church” I believe we need to figure out better ways to be a “Going church” to the places where people need Jesus.
Jesus didn’t wait for the people to come to him. Jesus went to the places where the people needed to hear the good news.
I believe this same Jesus is inviting us to do what he did. Go and make disciples.