There used to be a time when, for Christian families, nothing happened on Sunday morning except for religious services. It was the traditional time to attend church and to ensure that people could observe the day of worship, “blue laws” were even enacted to restrict other activities and commerce.

While 28 states still have some form of blue laws on the books (most often limiting alcohol sales), Christian religious experiences are no longer confined to Sunday mornings. Churches offer some sort of gathering on almost every night of the week, and now provide multiple options to participate in the weekly service. It’s like the news broadcasts: instead of everyone watching network news on one of three channels at 6pm or 10pm as they once did, now the offerings are 24/7 through hundreds of outlets.

Intentionally or not, we made a tradeoff between convenience and a common experience. It is great that people have options and can arrange church attendance around practices, sports, work, etc. and it is unfortunate that we’re able to have less of a shared community by doing so.

Think of what this means for your organization. Is there an offering that was considered sacrosanct that perhaps you could rethink? Maybe your work hours don’t have to be 9-5. Or your awards program only annually. Or football only under the Friday night lights.

And, if you provide more options and minimize one central time for all to gather, what can you do to intentionally foster that connection to the whole instead of affinity just to the subgroup? Splinter your options, not your loyalty.

 

 

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