I was looking on the internet and stumbled on to a site called
"Genealogy Trails History Group"
They say the First United Methodist has a membership of 1100 people on their roster.
The Missionary Baptist (doesn't say which one) has 1500 on their roster.
I know only about 150 people are at First Methodist any given Sunday and any of the Missionary Baptist Churches only hold 150 people. So with these large differences between the roster and the Sunday count ... that tells me these and all churches in this town need to look at how they are really ministering to their congregations and their town. Those churches need to maybe change some hard core traditions. Traditions that say you aren't a Christian unless your services are a certain way. (Most dating back to the Catholic Church.)
So those churches with such a high number on their books but not in their churches every Sunday need to think about why they aren't there. You churches are not doing your job as you should. So get the lead out and do it. Go get those 1,100, 1,500 back to church. That is what God really wants. Do it even if you have to have slightly unorthodox ministries to get your members back.
Oh, and their souls should be what you want to help ... more than any money they may give in tithes. Ask your members if there are any ministries they would like to start. Then do it. You never know if it will be popular or not but it is worth a shot to see.
One church says a puppet ministry might not go but it does in another church. A production ministry (christian plays and musicals) may go in one church but not in another.
Don't be so tied in tradition that you miss the boat. I was in christian musicals. I even played Jesus in one. I am a much richer person because I did. I have also done puppet ministries and been the director. I have seen lives changed through these ministries. The cantata's just don't cut it anymore.
I also use gospel illusions and ventriloquism when I work with people.
You have to think outside the old roach infested, termite infested box of old traditions. Yes I keep all my ministries to a certain level. but hey pastors they will remember the point you made when they laughed than when you were hellfire and brimstone. Look at Will Rodgers he died back in 1932 but he is still remembered for his humor and the points he made with that humor. We as churches need to rethink how we do business. We need to find what people like and will listen to more. People listen more to a ventriloquist figure than they do a person standing there behind a pulpit.
They will listen to a person using slight of hand to make a point more than the pastor with the pulpit between him and the People there that day.
If you are interested in some help to do this send me an E-mail at
Oh and how many people going to church can say without a shadow of a doubt that they will be taken in the rapture? More think they will go than really are and that is the fault of the pastor of that church. If I can help you please send me an e-mail and I will.
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