Is it Time to Revive Ourselves?
By Elder Darrie Noble Phelps
Superintendent of Christian Education
The views of the author do not reflect the views of the Greater Emmanuel Grace Apostolic Church or any of its affiliates.
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If you have not noticed by now, some church’s attendance has not reached its pre Covid-19 attendance. In a more recent article written by Christianity Today, there are very few churches that have reached what I can call “normal” attendance levels, now that the restrictions associated with the pandemic have been lifted. In a survey conducted by the Nashville Life Research, most mainstream churches had a drop in attendance already of nearly 28%. That equates to 72% of average regular worshippers attending services before the pandemic.
In some churches, the drop in attendance has caused many administrative changes to compensate for the drop. For example, large financial decisions had to be placed on hold, for some. For others, it forced departmental cutbacks, including eliminating a department all together. Tithing and giving also dropped dramatically, in various churches.
It is to be noted that since the restrictions have somewhat been lifted on social gatherings, churches have now hovered around the 50% attendance range. What then, could possibly be the reason for much lower attendance in an era, where worshippers were given an opportunity to maintain their faith through other means like Facebook and Zoom? What now, is the Church competing against to return to near normal attendance? Has the faith of the believer been tarnished in any kind of way?
In a study conducted by Inc., it recognized that believers stop believing when they become bombarded by a variety of negativity and unproven theories. Lies from politicians, the negativity of racism, the desires to find answers to justify what they believe, and the desire to feel special fuels the drop in what believers believe. Do believers therefore need a revival? Cynthia Wang, a management professor at the Kellogg School of management, states; “you can encourage them to take action” (www.inc.com) by shifting their mindset from fewer negatives.
The true believer must be an example to those who have somewhat fainted along the way. If you yourself are not in the need for a revival, there will always be someone in your assembly who will feel the need for revival. “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, ye shall never fall”: (2 Peter 1:10 KJV).Be that believer who is diligent and sure so that you can help someone else!
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