Churches ready for Easter attendance boom

By April 14, 2006

USA (MNN) — According to Barna Research, 34-percent of the American population is unchurched. Other than funerals or weddings, they never attend church. However, there’s another segment of society that attend church, but only on important days. Those people need to be reached with the Gospel, too.

President of Life Action Ministries Byron Paulus calls these believers, ‘ETC Christians’ – Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Christians. “I think what is dangerous is, that if we leave those people under the impression, when they’re there, that that is enough for them to glorify God with their lives. I think every time we have the opportunity, church should not be a place so much of comfort as it is of conviction.”

According to Paulus, Christians need to be praying for the millions of people who only attend church this Easter. Paulus says to pray “that there would be this intense conviction of God that Christianity cannot be relegated to Easter. It cannot be relegated to Sunday, that Christianity is a 365 24/7 proposition.”

This is one reason Life Action Revival Ministries exists. Paulus says many attending churches today only claim Christ on Sunday’s. “God is not satisfied or glorified with us just giving him a small portion of our lives, He’s looking for hearts that are surrendered.”

With resources like “Seeking Him” and radio programs like “Revive Our Hearts,” Life Action is encouraging believers to seek Christ, rather than seek the lost. “In times of revival sinners seek the Lord. I think our neighbors will note the change in our lives. They’ll note the joy. They’ll note the freedom. They’ll note the victory. I think when that happens, that’s when the lost world will come to realize that Jesus is the real deal.”

Go to Life Action’s website to get connected.

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