Bible Class Attendance Going Down and We Are Loving It

People were trickling into class very slowly yesterday morning. Usually things pick up around 9:20 but the pace of people walking in the door didn’t speed up. It was clearly going to be a down day attendance wise in our 20s & 30s class. At first I was a little disappointed to see so many empty chairs. But then it occurred to me what was happening. We have so many people out doing things for others that they aren’t in our classroom right now. We have some people in the college class, purposefully forming bridges with them so they can more easily transition out of that class some day. We have people spending time in our youth group classes to get to know them. Some of our people are teaching children’s classes. Another group is meeting next door planning how we can evangelize the neighborhood surrounding our congregation.

Class attendance was way down and I love it! I love it because we have decided there is so much good that can be done if we get out of our comfort zones, get out of the walls of the classroom, and get out of just going through the motions. I am loving it because these young adults who have a passion to make a difference are getting to do that and no one is putting the breaks on them. I love it because lost people will be found, 0ur young people will make healthier transitions out of the youth and college groups, and because God is being glorified through these efforts.


About mattdabbs
I am a minister, husband, and father. My wife and I live and minister in Saint Petersburg, Florida. My primary ministry responsibilities include: small groups, 20s and 30s, involvement, and adult education.

3 Responses to Bible Class Attendance Going Down and We Are Loving It

  1. Tina says:


  2. Chris Pierson says:

    We are starting a “Service” class on Sunday mornings on Jan. 9th. This is not a talk about service class, but a service class. They are going to explore the needs of the “least of these” in our West Houston area and explore the challenges of working with the multi-generational impoverished.
    They don’t know where God is going to lead them in all of that. They have a bit of an outline for the first 8 weeks. But seeking the Lord is a big part of each week.
    So our Bible class attendance may be going down too!
    So it should be exciting!

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