I’ve listened to both sides of the debate as to the best way to promote church growth. Some say updates, modernized appearances, relaxed atmospheres, new music, relaxed membership qualifications, and so on, are needed. Others say, “Leave things the way they’ve been.”
This is an especially challenging time for our branch churches and societies. Memberships want to see more visitors, more membership applications, and more church workers. And most important, our memberships want to experience more healing!
I’ve moved around a lot because of my husband’s job, and I’ve been an active member of larger churches as well as a society so small that sometimes I was the only member there on a Sunday. Yes, it was wonderful when we had a full house, but even when there were just a few, the service went on, and the doors were open with expectancy and joyfulness.