Answer three questions anonymously about this issue: Advent Attendance Survey
Recently a pastor asked me if I am observing any changes in attendance in regular worship services and special worship experiences during Advent and Christmas. It seems to him that in the past few years attendance in going down during Advent instead of going up.
He--like me--recalls that often worship attendance during Advent experiences a crescendo in leading up to very large crowds--comparatively speaking--on Christmas Eve. However, he says he is experiencing the opposite in recent years. He wants to know what I am observing.
I admit I have not thought about that point recently. But, as I think about it, I have perceptions of congregations having less in attendance for their special worship experiences--not including Christmas Eve>
What are you observing? I would love to hear your answers and comments.