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On several occasions as a new pastor I have had this problem with the sacred cow worship attendance board. One of the churches had an enrollment of 404 and attendance today of 44. Really, the truth. Offering. $3.56. The fact is when you walk into a church you might be visiting, you judge the church by what you see on the attendance board don’t you?
When I suggested that we take the board down, they suggested that I leave the church. Three months later I did just that, left the church.
I have had to fight over so many sacred cows in churches. Of course I have made several myself over the last 40 years too, I am sorry to say.
The Sunday Worship Bulletin. I had one at First Baptist Church in Altoona for 15 years. Now I had a good one too. Generally four pages of good material, not just a bulletin.
Of course there was the children story before church. Thaht got me into trobule.
Then there was the children church. You know having the babies in the nursery and the preschool kids in a class during service. I have a problem preaching or teaching when kids and babies are playing and crying.
And I want mention that women had to wear dresses and men had to wear ties. (I still believe they should) Its not a sacred cow.
Biblical worship habits are necessary I know. But we had so many habits that were not biblical or necessary to say the least.
Preaching the Gospel is a good biblical habit to get into on Sunday. But preaching a salvation message to the same 15 people for 25 years is not. Preaching on every known sin you can think of in one sermon is not necessary to those same people.
Well enough of this…….