I have been blogging about church issues lately, especially in relation to why people leave the church between the ages of 16 to 22 and how we can stop the trend.
During one of the previous discussions on this site, a commenter mentioned that she is hesitant to invite people she knows to her church because of problems that her church is currently dealing with. This comment reminded me of something I read in a book called Building a Contagious Church a few years ago. The book, which is about doing outreach effectively, tells readers that we can invite people to church all we want, but if they come and we do not have ministries in place that answer the questions they are asking and meeting the needs they have, they will not stay long.
I wonder how many churches are struggling for just this reason. How many churches are ineffective at outreach simply because their members are not sure that the church has relevant ministries in place? Would you agree that this is a real issue in churches? Has it ever stopped you from inviting a person to your church?