Tuesday, February 23, 2016
(2/23/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al
Tim Tebow spoke to a sellout crowd, but I noticed how quickly the church he was at has grown...now has 6 locations in the Orlando area, with almost 6K in weekly attendance.
Churches are dying in the USA, many have gone out of business or are hanging on by a thread. I have pointed out in the past it is easy to see why...if a time traveler were to land in 2016 from 50 years ago, they would be overwhelmed by the change all around them...except in church, where they would feel right at home, and honestly, probably not even notice a difference.
The irony is, churches seem oblivious as to why this is, and are resistant to change...many have little or no online presence, and next to no social media interaction. Also, instead of looking at the successful, growing ones and stealing ideas (imitation, flattery, and all that), they belittle them. I have spoken many times of how enjoyable Joel Osteen is, his TV show is watched by many and it's no wonder why...25 minutes long, positive and funny message, and most of all, it's not painfully dull. 44K attend his church each week, the old Compaq Center in Houston, where the Rockets used to play.
But no, let's not try and do some of those things, let's keep doing the same stuff we've always done. I often note churches I drive by have special events like concerts, speakers, and plays on Sunday afternoons/evenings...at the exact same time as the Packers game, which have been scheduled for six months.
Of course, as many have pointed out, the Packers are a far bigger religion than any church will ever be, but not only does it keep them from garnering new members, it ticks off their existing ones. Heck, one of my assistant managers from my retail days would often go to the 7:30AM early service when the Packers played at noon...because the late service, at 10:30AM, might run late, and by the time she drove home, she'd miss the first quarter.
2/23/2016 09:30:00 AM