May 21, 2015

By Fred Koenig

It’s been said a lot in conversations about attendance: “If we would ever get everyone to come at once, we’d have a full-house.” There is one Sunday a year when pretty much everyone does come, and sometimes everyone even brings a friend – that’s Easter Sunday. 
    
How much difference does that really make? In many churches, Easter Sunday is nearly double what the average Sunday attendance runs. If you look at the 10 largest churches in Missouri, that amounts to an extra several hundred people, up to an additional couple of thousands folks. How do they do it? In some cases they rent local theaters, auditoriums or exhibition centers. In others they use the magic of adding additional services to the schedule. They learn how many people they can really fit into a worship service.