Engagement is Critical. Last week we began a new online series to address some of the curious trends that are happening around us. We live in a season in which the culture is rapidly changing. We see it with certain technologies that seem to develop overnight. Uber has revolutionized the taxi industry. Live streaming music has revolutionized the record industry. These are just two examples of changes that are happening around us.
The question for us as a church family is this: Without sacrificing our biblical integrity, how can we continue to further our gospel mission in an ever-changing culture? As we take this next step in our series, ask yourself this question: If you were not currently active in church, why would you come to our church campus? The answer may seem obvious to us who are already here, but try to think about it as someone who is not. Sunday mornings have changed. People have many choices, and one of them is to stay in bed. Though we don’t always agree with these choices, we have to acknowledge that they exist and seem perfectly acceptable (even normal) to the people making them.
So what does that mean for us? It means we have to be more lovingly assertive with our invites and be at our best when people arrive on campus having accepted our invites. It means we need to love people well when they arrive. More consistent attendance will now depend on greater engagement. Meet new people at our Welcome Center Coffee Cafe. Invite new people to sit with you in worship. Help them navigate around the church campus with a smile and a personal touch. Help us have a clean and vibrant atmosphere in all of our campus ministry areas. Together we can engage well and begin to see greater, more consistent attendance.