Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a statistics guy. I love stats! They fall under my now-famous “fun-facts-to-know-and-tell” category.
The down side of stats is that, as we all know, you can make them say anything you want. For instance, I could say, “Our recent weekend attendance is more than double our annual average.” It sounds awesome (and it’s true, sort of), but without context, it says something that is not really true:
- “recent weekend attendance” sounds bigger and longer-term than just “this Sunday”
- “more than double our annual average” sounds better than “we had 105 this weekend (including kids); our current average is 52 adults (plus kids)”.
- and it doesn’t take into account that we had a special program this weekend!
The upside of stats is that, when taken in context, they tell it like it is, whether you like it or not.
Here are some that fall into that category:
- FACT: Easter and Christmas are the highest-attended church services of the year
- FACT: Ninety-six percent of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if they are invited
So, basically, if Easter is the best chance that someone will come to church if invited, and 96% say that they would probably go if invited…
Put the two together and churches could be full this weekend with people hearing about and giving their lives to Jesus Christ!
Who are you inviting to your Easter service? If you’re in South Bend, I hope to see you at the kickoff of our new “Open House” teaching series! It starts this Sunday at 10:30am.