4 Things People Want From Church by www.churchleaders.com
People are coming and not coming to church for a reason! Some have their church services full of visitors. In some cases, visitors stay and later become members. But some visitors only come once and never come again. What are people searching for that will draw them beyond a one-time visit? What do people want from church that creates in them the passion to seek Christ daily? I believe the main motivation should be and is to have a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ. But what are people looking for that makes them want to attach their selves to a certain body of believers? What draws them back time and time again? Recently I had a conversation with someone who outlined four things he desperately wanted and needed in a church he called home. I want to share those with you today.
Acceptance — Without a doubt this one makes perfect sense. People want to feel not only welcomed and loved but also wanted. Even after they have made their first visit. So many times, as churches, we tend to be excited when a visitor comes the first few times, only to write them off once they come regularly. If we want to retain the people who visit us, we must truly be gracious and humbled by the fact God has given us another friend to whom we can minister.
Accountability — This one may not seem like a likely choice, but after people have accepted Christ as savior, they genuinely want to follow through on that commitment. They desire to have those who will help them achieve this daily walk with Christ—just like a person who is trying to lose weight likes to have those who will go to the gym with him and help keep him on track to the goal.
Discipleship — As stated above, you find that once people commit their life to Christ they genuinely want to follow through on it. They desire to know more about their faith whether it’s newfound or not. One thing people want from church is to understand what they are doing, why they are doing it, and how to improve what they are doing.
Opportunity — This last one is just as important as the others. It’s the natural effect of a growing Christian, to want an opportunity to get involved more in the ministry of the church they attend. People want to be a part of something. People want to serve, and we must not forget God wants them to serve as well. As a Church we must be excelling at preparing our members for service. Giving them an opportunity to serve Jesus. So many times we can fail because we wait too long to get new members involved in serving. They want to serve, and we must let them.
Is your Church a place of acceptance, accountability, discipleship and opportunity? Will you rise up to the challenge, and make these a part of your efforts?