Chances are there will be far more people in your church this weekend than normal.
And chances are a good number of them normally don’t go to church.
What’s so sad is that many unchurched people will walk away from the most powerful story ever told unchanged, unaffected, and they won’t be back (until next year…maybe).
That’s a great question, and the good news is once you know why, you can do something about it.
Yes It’s Spiritual, But It’s Also Practical
You could say that the reason unchurched people leave holidays like Christmas, Easter and Good Friday largely unchanged is because God hasn’t opened their hearts. Or that they’re just closed. Or that it’s all up to God anyway. And there might be some truth in that.
But the reality is that some churches will be more effective at retaining unchurched people because they’ve figured out what the greatest challenge with major Christian holidays is.
Unchurched people know the Easter (and Christmas and Good Friday) story. They just don’t care.
3 Things Unchurched People Think
While I don’t think you can poll peoples’ thought patterns, I think you can pick up on them. If I had to guess what unchurched people are thinking when they walk into the room on a major Christian holiday, here’s my guess. Here are three thought patterns I think I’ve met over and over again in the people I’ve talked to: