It took rising gas prices for this church to see that they couldn’t have activities, events, and meetings at their church building every night of the week. The leaders and members wanted to be involved but found it difficult to afford the gas for the commute to their meetings.
Why are we having meetings/activities several days or nights during the week at our churches? I interviewed a few years ago at a church that had something going on every night of the week. It was exhausting listening to how many times the members needed to be there. The pastor couldn’t even prepare his message for Sunday until Saturday night. Now I understand that not every member is involved in all activities and won’t need to be at every meeting offered, but many members are involved in multiple activities and groups; therefore, they will have multiple nights to meet. The staff and group leaders, however, will need to attend those meetings. How can they attend those meetings after a full day of work and still have time for family and down time for themselves?
As a church called by God, we shouldn’t be holding meetings and activities at the church building every night of the week; one night should be sufficient. We need to be out in the community, meeting people where they are. We need to stop asking people to come to us at the church building, even if our church building is a “Disney World” of excitement with movies, an amusement park, and a bowling alley. Many people who need Christ the most will not open a church door; we need to be out there meeting them, having coffee with them, and learning what they need.