I am doing something unusual today. I want to share with you a few years’ statistics of our services’ weekly attendance which was shown at our recent Chapter Meeting.
Our Chapter, PCC and Staff do monitor the trends of services’ attendance and givings from time to time. We are not enamoured of statistics and neither do we run the church "by figures.” However the trends do tell us something about what has been going on. One can reflect on these trends and come to understand a bit more the various dynamics affecting our church growth and life. I can imagine that our discussions can get very interesting as we imagine what the reasons could be behind the trends.
Whatever the statistics and trends may be, as a church, we need to endeavour to remain caring, personal and relational as a church community. You will recall the article where I reflected on the parables of the lost coin, sheep and son in Luke 15 “Don't Ask Why".
The point must not be missed - it was just one. We may watch the trends and statistics occasionally, but we need to watch the “one” constantly. And even if our friends fail us, we are reminded of God our Father who cares for each of us. As Jesus said in Luke 12:7: "Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Seated in the service this morning, take some time to get to know someone who may be a stranger to you. We come closest to His heart when we show attention and love to someone created in His image.