Pastor Carey Nieuwhof Offers Advice on How to Reach New People and Keep Them Coming Back to Church

One of the challenges facing church leaders today is finding ways to draw younger adults to church and keep them coming back.

According to studies conducted by the Pew Research Center, 39 percent of adults went to church at least once a week back in 2007, compared to 36 percent in 2014. Meanwhile, the percentage of people who seldom or never go to church at all went up from 27 to 30 percent for the same timeframe.

The studies also revealed that in 2014, 26 percent of people aged 18–29 said they seldom or never went to church. For the same demographic, the percentage of people who attended church at least a few times a year was at 25 percent and the percentage of people who went to church weekly stood at 17 percent.

To encourage more people to attend church, Pastor Carey Nieuwhof, founding and teaching pastor of Connexus Church outside Toronto, Canada, has provided some tips that could help that he and his team at The Unstuck Group came up with after going to different churches with an outsider’s perspective.

First off, Nieuwhof observed that some churches could do better in terms of welcoming their worshipers, particularly those who are new. He notes that team members failing to make a good impression right away could lead to worshiper not getting the most out of the experience.

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Source: Christian Post

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