Easter has just passed and reminded me again of the shows that some churches put on, and the problems they cause. Christmas and Easter are times when churches put together special programs such as cantatas or concerts. They promote them as opportunities to bring visitors to church to hear the gospel. I actually have no problem with this. I think they can be great tools to invite people to church who are not familiar with church, or people who do not go to church anywhere.
Here is the problem: In a consumeristic society, churches have church members who will decide what church to go to based on what church is putting on the best show. They will skip attendance at their home church in order to go see a show at another church.
Pastors, if your church has Christmas or Easter programs, encourage your church members to invite only those who do not go to church somewhere else. Remind them that they need to minister to others by encouraging them to be at their local church, not at yours.
Christians, if your church puts on a special program, invite the unsaved to go with you. Don’t invite people from other churches. They need to be at their own church, even when they are family members.
Yes, I know … I am radical about local church priority.