Good Folks, it is Friday, November 9, 2018.
I recently received a publication from the Foundation for Evangelism. Some years ago I served on their Board of Trustees. This organization does amazing work in providing scholarships to Ph.D. candidates whose emphasis is Evangelism in the Wesleyan tradition. I have included some links on interesting articles, link. The subscription is free and is well thought through in its content
An article in the recent issue, Fall/Winter 2018, has a recent study from the Pew Research Center, entitled: Why Americans Do (or Don’t) Attend Religious Service.
Some following excerpts: Reasons for Attending
- Become closer to God
- Give children a good moral foundation
- Become a better person
- For support in times of trouble/sorrow
Reason for Not Attending:
- Practice their faith in other ways
- Dislike the congregation/service
- Not a believer
- Not practical
For the entire article — http://www.pewforum.org/2018/08/01/why-americans-go-to-religious-services/
I am thankful for my parents who dragged our butts to church every Sunday. We filled a long pew with six children and two parents. We grew up going on Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Wednesday night. Vacation Bible School and Revival Services lasted two weeks and you were there every time the doors opened.
I have no regrets. My parents had one chance of trying to provide a “good moral foundation” for all their children. I received my call to ministry while in church, have tried to be and become a better person and know first-hand of support in times of trouble and sorrow. The church has had and continues to have a positive effect on my immediate and extended family.
I thank God for the church. Everyone has a story. Share yours with me.
Blessings from Duncanville,