Nobody wants to be a part of a dead church. Or a dead anything really. One thing I learned about Jr High ministry a long time ago was that it only takes one thing to build a good Jr High
Ministry; Jr Highers. They want to be where the action is and the more you have, the more you can attract because they contain energy; there’s no need to try and create it. A similar principle can be applied to adults. They want to be where the action is, where’s there’s a vibrant energy. Here are some things you can do to help create that at your church:
1. Bring somebody with you. Lots of people won’t go to a restaurant alone, nor a movie alone. So why would you want to go to church alone?
2. Own it. If there’s no vibrance, don’t wait for someone else to do something about it. If there’s energy in numbers, don’t be a part of the problem by not showing up. Instead create a solution.
3. Talk to some new people. Long time attenders sometimes only come out of habit, familiarity or even commitment. Find out what’s keeping the newcomers. You might find something exciting there.
4. Change your lenses. If all you do is come on Sunday, visit a small group or join a ministry team. If you’re already doing that, try a new ministry. Sometimes there’s plenty of energy there, you just have a poor vantage point.
5. Look for the endzone. Has the scoreboard been clearly identified? If you think a win is one thing, and everyone else thinks it’s something else, you’ll miss out on the energy because you won’t know when to celebrate.