Stop Taking Attendance

by Evan Dolive. Accessed November 30, 2017.
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Rev. Evan M. Dolive is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He currently serves in Beaumont, Texas. He is also a pastor with an opinion; perhaps a controversial point of view. He says to congregations, “stop taking attendance.” He writes, “I would rather have fifty people in church on Sundays that went out and touched a hundred people’s lives, than have a hundred people in church that only touched fifty.” What do you think? How important is it to track results? If your congregation is trying to decide what numbers to track or what not to, this brief article will help you continue the conversation. People will disagree with Rev. Dolive’s observations. Yet, they may move dialogue about tracking attendance to a new and helpful place.