The numbers are out there for anyone who will do a little research…each generation in America is attending church less and less. Here are some of the recent numbers out of the Lifeway Research group:
Generational Church Attendance
- Greatest Generation (before 1928) – 56%
- Silent Generation (born 1928-1945) – 44%
- Boomer Generation (born 1946-1964) – 32%
- Gen X – (born 1965-1980) 27%
- Millennial (after 1980) 18%
The reality is that people are choosing to attend church less and less and there are several reasons for that. Many have found church to be cliquish and closed minded. Many have stated that the church is not concerned with the needy and hurting. I’m not going to defend the church in general nor will I defend the church that I lead, but I do want to share a few reasons to consider giving church a try around this Christmas season. I’ll share 5 reasons over the next several days leading up to our Christmas Eve service here at Oak Grove.
Reason #1 – The entire message behind Christmas is caring for the needy and hurting and the church spreads that message.
Yes, the message of Christmas is that God cares for the needy and hurting so much that He sent his only Son to meet the greatest needs and heal the deepest hurts. Our deepest hurts stem from sin and the resultant death. Jesus has come as the deliverer from both death and sin. This is the message of Christmas There are so many needs and hurts in our world that it is truly overwhelming. However, helping the people around you really makes a difference. The church works on spreading that message, but I would say that we definitely do that imperfectly. We struggle to love people well! We struggle to be patient when life is a mess. We struggle with our own selfishness. However, the message of Christmas is another reminder that God…God Himself cares for the needy and the hurting. That message is just one reason to consider church this Christmas, because it’s likely that you are either hurting or needy or you know someone who is! So I hope you’ll consider joining us or another church this Christmas.