John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

Assumptions About Church Attendance

Yesterday we talked about the assumption that Sunday morning assemblies are the most effective time and place for an evangelistic call to a first time commitment of faith. I think it is generally agreed upon that this is a false assumption. Perhaps there was a time when this was true. And perhaps it is still an appropriate use of a Sunday morning assembly periodically. But, by and large, this is an ineffective practice based upon a faulty premise.

The question, of course, is whether or not leaders will have the courage to stop doing something that doesn't work and is built on a false assumption.

My guess is that those leaders who are courageous enough to do so already have. The rest will continue to practice it, even though they know it's dumb. Such is the state of leadership today.

But now I want to shift a little to something Peggy wrote the other day. She said one assumption she grew up with is this: "If I attend Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night and especially if I attend Bible classes as well, I am a 'good' Christian!"

First of all, it baffles me why there are still some churches who meet on Sunday night. What could possibly be the point of that?

But let's probe a little deeper into this presupposition that church attendance and Bible class automatically qualifies a person for "good" Christian status.

Is the assumption really that a person cannot become a good Christian on their own? Or is it that more information is the key to becoming a good Christian? Is the assumption that church attendance turns someone into a good Christian? Or is it that church attendance is the mark of someone who has already become a good Christian?