What Works For Me in… Reconnecting with Non-Attending Members

Every person is valuable to Jesus. What would He do to try to connect with those who once became church members but who never or rarely attend church worship services? What have you tried that works (or has not worked) for you? Two pastors have seen very positive results in reconnecting with non-attending members. Feel free to add your comments below.

Samuel Lee, interim pastor for Anchorage, Alaska Korean Seventh-day Adventist Church— “When I arrived at a new district I discovered that over half of the church members were not attending any church events. I knew I didn’t have the power to bring the people back but God did have the power. So I started a 6am daily prayer service at the church building for any who would come to pray especially for all church members and our mission as a church. Only a few came to the prayer services but God began to melt the hearts of the others. They began to return. After one month one of most bitter non-attending members came and we all rejoiced! Others began to return as well, and some of those who had never stopped attending admitted their wrongs that had driven some of the others away. We praised God for what He did.”

Ed Gienger, Associate pastor at the Walla Walla, WA City Seventh-day Adventist Church, has a list of the birthdays of all the members. He makes it a practice to stop by members’ homes (both non-attending and attending) on their birthday to wish them a Happy Birthday. He has seen many of them re-establish a connection with the church through this non-threatening outreach

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