As a pastor you don’t have a choice about which service you attend – unless you have a youth pastor to send to that service with all the complainers – but your members make a decision about which service to attend if there is more than one offering. So how do they make that decision?
In a recent podcast, Thom Rainer observes, “The six reasons church members choose one service over another are:
- Language preference
- Time preference
- Style preference
- Group preference
- Family situation
- Week-to-week decision
But I think he missed a big one: snacks. If one service offers coffee and snacks and the others don’t, then your teenagers will help you make that decision: go to the service with Starbucks and Krispy Kreme.
OK, I know it’s not a very spiritual factor in making a decision, but if you have a 16-year-old son you know it’s realistic. And when I helped plant a church that drew heavily from a college population, I can tell you what I learned from experience: students can smell the doughnuts from five miles away.