The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Top 10 reasons to worship this summer

Why does attendance drop?

Perhaps you’ve heard (or said) this yourself after Easter or Christmas: “Too bad these folks don’t come more than twice a year.” Our churches don’t swell at those times of year due to an influx of Johnny Come Latelies. In reality, those “C & E” crowds are more indicative of a sluggish commitment to worship in general.

A similar myth is upon us: Attendance drops in the summer because everyone is away on vacation. Please. So we adjust our worship schedules and ratchet down our already-meager expectations.
Instead, let’s raise expectations. In the spirit of a late-night talk show, I offer 10 reasons to worship this summer:

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