Are Church Father's Day Events a Waste of Time?
Many churches invest a great deal of time and money into special holiday events that are designed to draw people into their services, but statistics show that Father's Day is one holiday in which church attendance is typically less than impressive. So is it a waste of time, money and energy for churches to host big Father's Day events?
In the week leading up to Mother's Day, Lifeway Research released the results of a survey in which they asked 1,000 Protestant pastors across the U.S. to indicate which three Sundays their church attendance is highest each year.
While Mother's Day (59 percent) ranked third on the list behind only Christmas (84 percent) and Easter (93 percent), Father's Day was ranked last. With just four percent of pastors saying it was one of their highest attendance Sundays, Father's Day was ranked below the Fourth of July (four percent), Friend Day (14 percent), Homecoming (16 percent) and "Other" (26 percent).
"The attendance difference between Mother's Day and Father's Day is telling. Either churches are less effective in affirming fathers, or families believe Christian fathers don't value their participation in worship services," Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research, said in a statement.Continue reading at www.christianpost.com