Priority, Commitment, Regular
Why do Church Leaders and Workers Not Attend Church? This question was recently asked of me as Senior Pastor of the Anchorage Moravian Church. During this age of end days “Lukewarmness”, even during this time of COVID 19, it is still a good question to ask to help strengthen our local churches.
Some good reasons follow which we should all pray about so that our fellowships are strengthened and assure that revival comes again; stronger and longer lasting this time:
If one is a church leader, worker, musician, or teacher and attends the board meetings and just the big exciting meetings but doesn’t worship at the regular weekly services appears to be a matter of priority. Church is not number one priority anymore.
Today is a day of much competing activities and lack of commitments to the local church. 20 years ago on vacation one would look for a church to worship. Now it appears people are taking a vacation from the Church.
The heart of the problem is not declining numbers but loss of commitment which suggests leaders and members don’t really think it’s important to be an active part of the church.
Other Reasons? I’m still thinking.
We must pray and work together to get our churches back to the committed membership the Apostle Paul shows us in 1 Corinthians 12: 12-14 says, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.” Imagine missing your hand or several toes, or an ear. We are all members of the body of Christ.
Personally I think people do come and go. It’s ok, but we need a strong nucleus of leaders and regular members who will help make Church more meaningful by being together more regularly. Church should be purposeful and bigger than life for everyone, leaders and regulars alike. When we make it a priority together and remain committed together, we will become an unstoppable force for the Kingdom and glory of God.