Ewwwww...... Yuck ............ Well ....... If the commode fits, sit on it!
Anyway, my personal opinion here:
I believe the reason churches are not actually growing (hey, stealing other members from nearby churches doesn't count as growth) is because they are too focused on how to draw people in to the church.
We need to be able to figure out how to draw people out of the church.
WOAH! Are you nuts? Yep, (ca-shew) (bless you), and my psychiatrist agrees.
No one wants to do anything more than just sit in a pew/chair for an hour. Churches just want people to fill the pews/chairs for an hour. Anything over that costs more in overhead because of utilities.
Please ... give me a break .....
How about let's start to see what it would take to meet the needs of people outside of the church? What are the residents of your community needing? What can you do to make their lives more enjoyable? What can you do to meet needs in your area?
Remember, Jesus went into more houses where the rest of the world didn't want to be, than where all of his followers thought he ought to be!
Try taking care of those things, and then people will come in the doors. And guess what?
They'll stay. People remember who was there in the bad times. They'll stick around even in the good times. And chances are, they will be willing to work towards making someone elses lives a little bit better too.