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The Summer Slump

by Stephen Hebert on Wednesday - 18 July 2007

in Ministry

The summer slump is on.

Recently, I’ve been blogging about numbers in church. By numbers, I mean what a lot of churches seem to really care about: attendance. So many churches are worried about numbers in the summer. Why aren’t there more people here?

Well, I’ll be honest. I am worried about numbers too.

I am worried about the number of ministries that simply shutdown for the summer.

I don’t know if this is a fad. I don’t know if every church works like this. But several of the churches I know best seem to shutdown for the summer. Yes, they have people who have gone away on summer missions projects (a good thing, undoubtedly). However, in my experience, these are typically student groups. So, why is it that summer becomes the slow season for a church? Why is it that churches operate on a school schedule?

Part of me knows that families tend to vacation during the summer, and these vacationers will cause a decline in attendance at various programs. But, if a church has 1,000 regular attenders and as many as 20% go on vacation at the same time: 800 folks are still left.

I was talking to a friend of mine recently who is on staff at a church. I was hearing him saying something to the effect of: “Yeah, I’ve got a lot of time on my hands now that summer is here.”

I asked: “Is the church no longer in session?”

Is this something that others have experienced?

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