Recently Read: RIP, average attendance

David Odom, Executive Director of Leadership Education at the Duke Divinity School, recently unpacked the growing uselessness of worship attendance as a metric of church vitality at the Faith & Leadership site:

The growing lack of dependability on attendance is a sign that the virtuous cycles that have sustained congregations since the end of World War II are collapsing. In order to sustain congregations over the long haul, new cycles need to be developed. Once that begins to happen, new measures can be identified.

via RIP, average attendance | Faith & Leadership.

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  1. bill krill says:

    Worship attendance as a measure has always been the mistake; it’s now just catching up. Individual congregations and the church as whole have all too often been willing to just send cash to UMCOR to clear their conscience about what it means to be an active, compassionate believer.

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