It is interesting how churches attract different people.
For example, the Saddleback Church in California actively ***markets*** to middle class Caucasian families (Dad, Mom and the kids) ages 25-45. There are no apologies. Here are the lessons. Here is the focus. Here is who is expected to attend. Is that wrong?
The Toms River Christian church has grown AFTER realizing that the local families and younger people were not attracted to the conservative message preached. They instituted an outreach to senior citizens and have grown with with it.
Some (musical) churches have “rock and roll” praise or hip hop church.
Even accapella churches are either “old school” or “new school” when it comes to what songs are sung.
So….here is some info to stuff in your hat and keep your brain warm. Use it as you like.
- 37% of Americans claim to attend church regularly (weekly). Probably about half of that number actually do. More elderly attend church than do younger adults. More women attend church than do men but the attendance of men especially fathers has a greater influence. So, Dads, go to church! (see below- borrowed from Barna)
If a father does not go to church, no matter how faithful his wife’s devotions, only one child in 50 will become a regular worshiper. If a father does go regularly, regardless of the practice of the mother, between two-thirds and three-quarters of their children will become churchgoers (regular and irregular). If a father goes but irregularly to church, regardless of his wife’s devotion, between half and two-thirds of their offspring will attend church regularly or occasionally.
A non-practicing mother with a regular father will see a minimum of two-thirds of her children ending up at church. In contrast, a non-practicing father with a regular mother will see two-thirds of his children not attending church. If his wife is similarly irregular that figure rises to 80 percent.
An American study found similar results on the impact of fathers:
- When both parents attend Sunday school, 72% of the children attend Sunday school when grown.
- When only the father attends Sunday school, 55% of the children attend when grown.
- When only the mother attends Sunday school, 15% of the children attend when grown.
- When neither parent attends Sunday school, only 6% of the children attend when grown.
- Church attendees are happier, more content, healthier and tend to be 5 pounds *heavier* than non attendees. Maybe it is the pot lucks…..
- 48% of the church attendees are MARRIED.
- 29% are divorced and 31% are never married.
- In churches of Christ, about 15% of attendees are not married: widows, divorced and never married….
So, one would think that God favored the married. It isn’t true. Joseph, Moses, David, Jesus and Paul all had their greatest successes as single men as did Esther as a single woman.
Paul warned in 1 Corinthians 7:32 that the single will not be distracted from the Lord…..the married person is responsible for family.
God loves the Christian equally, whether married or single. I hope your church does also.