I love where I go to church. My family can’t wait for Sunday mornings. Each one of us serves, even my 12-year-old daughter. We faithfully support our church with our time, energy, money and prayers. I absolutely adore my pastor, Crawford Loritts. But this is not about my home church.
Like many churches, we do not have a Sunday evening service. Therefore, my family often visits Passion City Church (PCC) in downtown Atlanta on Sunday evenings. For those of you unfamiliar with PCC, this church is pastored by Louie Giglio and is where Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels and Kristian Stanfill among others lead worship.
I have been attending church for 30+ years and have never seen the level of energy, expectation and excitement that I’ve seen from the tribe at PCC. People cannot wait for the church service to begin. Therefore, I want to walk through what I experience at PCC and use it as a template for measuring how excited people are to attend a particular church.
When you attend PCC, you will notice in sequential order:
1. People Bring Their Friends—The ultimate measurement of whether your people are excited to attend your church or not is do they bring their friends.
2. The Parking Team—The parking team at any church provide you a picture of what is to come on the inside of the building. Are they excited, having fun and very engaging? If they are, it’s likely your church will be as well.
3. The Line Formed to Enter the Building—The PCC service begins at 6:00 p.m. We always arrive at 5:00 p.m. and are probably 50 deep in the line waiting to get in. That number swells to several hundred by the time we finally enter the sanctuary. How early are your people arriving?
4. The Greeters—Similar to the parking team, this group gives the attenders a picture of your church. At PCC, there is a good diversity of age groups, genders and races. Once again, all are very energetic and thrilled to be there.