August 6, 2013

7 reasons for the death of Sunday evening worship

by Jesse Johnson

I recently did some calling around, and asked various evangelical churches (in the US) if they do a Sunday night worship service. Most do not, but what surprised me more is the reasons they gave for having dropped it. First, a bit of history:

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Historically, many (most?) evangelical churches have had a Sunday evening worship service. The idea, stretching back to the Protestant Reformation, has been that if the Bible is the authority, then it makes sense to have it taught as much as is practical.

Many of the early Protestant churches not only had Sunday morning and Sunday evening gatherings, but mid-week Bible studies as well. In Catholicism, the more you celebrated Mass, the better, and in the reformation that frequency simply jumped into services that revolved not around the sacraments, but around preaching. Eventually, as the reformation spread into Scotland and (sort of) into England, the practice settled into two Sunday worship services, both with different messages.

And in fact, this remains the pattern in much of the world. It is almost universal that Baptist churches have a Sunday morning service, a Sunday evening service, and a midweek prayer gathering of some kind. Some churches do this because they view (wrongly, I think) Sunday as the Christian Sabbath. Others do this because they have learned to appreciate (correctly, I think) the concept of Sunday as the Lord’s day, and the experience that comes with having the Lord’s Day bracketed with worship. But regardless of the motivation, in much of the world, churches that value the Bible (“Protestant” seems too wide of a term, and “evangelical” seems to miss as well—so I’m going with “churches that value the Bible”) have two Lord’s Day services.

But American churches began to drop the Sunday evening service in the mid-1990’s. There were many factors behind this rapture of evening worship:  

  1. empty pewsSome churches developed a seeker-sensitive approach, where the commitment of two services was seen as a hindrance to outreach. Many churches were planted as part of this seeker-sensitive wave, and never had the Sunday night service to begin with.
  2.  Some developed a negative view of preaching, which led to the attitude of “why would we need another sermon? Shouldn’t we be in the community?
  3. One of the most common reasons I heard from churches for dropping their Sunday evening service was to launch community groups or home Bible studies. By stopping Sunday evening corporate gatherings, they could direct everyone to home Bible studies and increase the shepherding dynamic of the church.
  4. For many pastors, the pressure of a professionalized sermon became too great to deliver twice in a week. With the rise of the rock-star pastors of the early 2000’s, I know many pastors who felt like they needed to spend 20 hours in sermon prep if they wanted to really be faithful to preaching. Well, obviously that is something that can’t be done twice a week (at least not without abandoning every other responsibility you have!), and the Sunday evening sermon is what got voted off the island.
  5. Quite a few churches gave me a reason that I hadn’t thought of before: they began to focus on growing Sunday morning services, so they added services there, or they even added a Saturday night service. Many churches added a contemporary service Sunday morning, and when they went from one to two services there, they simply dropped their evening service. Some churches added satellite campuses, and with that it became too much to have a Sunday night service that was different from Sunday morning. Where would they do it? At all their campuses? What about the music? Plus, the amount of volunteer hours it took to have multiple Sunday morning services, plus a Saturday night service or satellite services, and it became too taxing to get everyone back on Sunday night for something different.
  6. When you combine the rock-star pastors with more services on Sunday mornings, people began driving further and further to go to a church that fit what they were looking for, and this had an adverse affection Sunday evenings (pointed out by this excellent article on patheos). It was one thing to go 10 minutes back to church Sunday evening, but through the 90’s and early 2000’s, many churches saw their attenders living 30-45 minutes away, and it was just too much to have them (and their families) make that drive more than once a day.
  7. But the number one reason churches gave me (in my very unofficial survey) for dropping Sunday night services… they wanted to devote the evening for family time. In previous generations, Saturday was for family, and Sunday was for corporate worship. But sports began to eat up more and more of Saturday, so family time got bumped to Sunday, and it appears that it edged out that worship service. If you are running all around for sports on Saturday, Sunday after church really became the only time all week that your family got to spend together, and–after all–churches are in favor of stronger families, so the worship service had to go.

What about you? Does your church do a Sunday evening service? Why or why not?

[Here I write about what my church does]

 

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Jesse is the Teaching Pastor at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA. He also leads The Master's Seminary Washington DC location.
  • Brad Wise

    My church (Brook Hills – pastor: David Platt) still has Sunday evening services.

  • Garrett Lee

    Facilities is a factor for churches that don’t own property. As a newer church in an expensive urban area, it would be a huge financial burden to rent our Sunday AM building on evenings as well. Instead we focus on community groups meeting in homes.

  • Greg Pickle

    We do fellowship groups on Sundays instead of an evening service. They meet at various times and all over town to facilitate fellowship for a church family that is very diverse in schedule end geography. They also help with shepherding (see reason #3 above). Further, they give each of the elders a regular place to exercise their gift of teaching, even though some do this elsewhere as well. Almost all of ours have a meal built in which helps to give time for fellowship. And most of them provide significantly more time for meeting than even a 90-100 minute evening service.

    And every now and then (quarterly?), when we have an evening service all together, everyone loves it as a special treat.

  • Larry

    People are vastly different than they were prior to the “revamping” of church as we knew it, prior to the 90’s. Overall, (IMO) evening services became an inconvenience to the personal schedules of people and attendance began dropping. Depending on the size of the church, decisions were made to continue or not.

    • That would have been a much shorter blog post.

    • @jwhetst

      Larry… you nailed it. Often we see and think only from the view of the pulpit not the pew…

  • Jamie

    In the good old days (prior to about 1920), Saturdays were for working. But people still went to two services on Sunday. So there must be another explanation other than youth soccer.

    • Ha. True. I heard from a pastor in Italy today who sent me an email making the same point. In Italy Sat. still is a work day.

  • Angela Weigle

    The church I attend, First Baptist in Newton, NJ, offers a Sunday evening service. It is less formal than the morning service, but still includes a sermon. During the week there are small-group Bible studies in members’ homes.

  • Riaan

    Hi, Jesse. Thanks for taking up this subject. I pastor a church in Cape Town, and yes we have Sunday evening services. We do it mainly because we understand Sunday to be the Lord’s day and because we value the Bible, and therefore desire to have it preached to our souls as often.

    One of the reasons many in our area (and for the most part our City) closed their Sunday evening service was because of poor attendance. People are not coming to the evening meeting so why bother would be the “rational”. Our church has an average attendance of about ±40 in the Sunday morning services and about 20 the evening meeting. For many other churches in and around our area (who don’t attract people with extra-biblical promises and practices and who value the Bible) they consider that to be a mega church gather.

    But yes, poor attendance would be the main reason here by us for why many churches closed their evening gathering. I’m looking forward to hear more of your thoughts on this subject. Thanks!

    • You are right Riaan. I should have added that to my list.

  • Sherryn

    The Anglican church I currently attend, which soundly qualifies as a ‘church that values the Bible’ has a 4pm “young families” service and a 6pm service, in addition to its traditional 8am and 10am services. The same great expository preaching is found in all of the services, however usually the only messages repeated are at 8am and 10am. It is hard work for our two pastors!

    The evening service is slightly more informal in its music choices at times, but there is not a rock band in sight. Some of the regular 6pm congregation are 50+ year old parents from the 10am service attending in the evening with their young adult children. Often once these young adults marry and have children, they transition to the 10am or 4pm service. (The 4pm service was started a year ago as the 10am service was overflowing with families, many arriving late and in a fluster. It is a wonderful service time for families with young children).

    • Sherryn

      I forgot to say, the church is in Melbourne, Australia. 🙂

  • Charlie Frederico

    We have one morning service, then a meal (potluck style), and another service following our meal. It makes for a long day, but worth it. We find ourselves continuing to fellowship after the second service. The second service is a mixed time of Q & A as well as a prepared teaching. It allows us to see the Word of God from another writer, the book of Proverbs in this case, than what they hear in the first service, the book of John in that case. I would say about 90% of the people stay all day. The people are attentive, hungry, and eager to learn. I believe we are a little unusual in these things, especially for Northwestern Montana. However, it is as close to a New Testament church pattern that I think we can get. We also have a Bible study on Thursdays as well as other ministries throughout the week. These all flow out of our Sunday services because we tend to continue discussing what we learned then. Very enjoyable.

    • Deanna

      Where in Montana? I’m curious.

  • Bob Eddy

    Yes, our church (Belleaire Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, TN – Dean Sisk pastor) has a Sunday evening service. That is one of the reasons we chose this church when we moved to the area. They have two full worship services in the am with choir and all and then a more informal service in the evening with a few songs, and then the pastor does expository teaching through a book of the Bible.

  • David Alves

    During college, the only church I was aware of that (a) had an evening service in addition to the morning and (b) was not a duplicate of the morning was the independent Baptist one of which I was a member (Colonial Baptist Church, Virginia Beach). We featured high-caliber expository preaching and conservative music during both. Most of the Sunday schools were expository as well, and yes, we still have a well-attended Wednesday evening Bible study/prayer meeting (a lot of the teaching there was expositional too, though rarely through a whole book).

    The church I attend now has two services, and they rent an auditorium on a college campus about 35 minutes from my home. Because of the drive I don’t attend on Sunday nights as much as I would like but I’m hoping that will change soon. If I talked to my pastor I am sure he would give the reasons you gave for having two services (we care about the Bible, it brackets the Lord’s Day, Sunday is for worship, an additional service is an additional means of grace, etc., etc.).

    I think if a church has legitimate funding or other issues outside of its control, that is one thing. But most of the reasons these churches gave are not reasons outside of their control. They are being made because of intentional decisions by the leadership, often (though not always) because of a certain philosophy of ministry or an image they would like to project to their constituents (note I did not say ” congregation”!). Even the issue with limited staffing/volunteering was because said staff and volunteers have already used their energies and time elsewhere because of decisions made by the leadership. I didn’t count one issue on that list that was a legitimate need.

    My sense, from my survey of the church culture as well as this article and some of my own study, is that you hit the nail on the head, Jesse, when you said historically it was “churches that cared about the Bible” that had two services.

    Indeed.

    I think the issue is one of bibliology and church philosophy. Most of the churches that have jettisoned the vesper services are also churches that by and large have severe deficiencies in these areas, some of which you mentioned. That’s why I am more hesitant to attend and recvomend churches without evening services, precisely because the teadons that most (again, not all) churches no longer have them are rooted in a view of the church and Scripture that I think is unbiblical.

    Thanks for this article, Jesse, and for all of your articles. You are always a delight to read and you get me thinking about a lot of things. I’m grateful as a 22-year-old you and I are often on the same page. 🙂

    PS: I had to chuckle at the comment about how two services are often challenging for the pastor. I certainly don’t mean to question others’ abilities or giftings, but two thoughts: (1) John MacArthur has preached two services nearly every week for over forty years and is none the worse for wear (and he’s not the only one!); (2) Since when is preaching supposed to be easy or less than a full-time commitment?

  • Jacob Allison

    Our church stopped holding formal Sunday evening services some time ago (probably for some combination of the reasons you mentioned above), although activities at the church continue all day and many members are involved. We hold a men’s reading group on Sunday nights, for example.

    We were not members when the Sunday night services stopped, so I don’t remember any specific controversies, but my pastor did tell me of an argument he had with a member who was upset that they were no longer going to happen. After going round and round with him for several minutes, the pastor finally got him to admit that the only reason he was really upset is because the member and his friends always met for dinner at a nearby restaurant afterwards.

    I think the lesson there is that whether we have them or we don’t, we should be very mindful of our motivations.

  • Michael

    In a kind-natured brotherly jest, I’m wondering why Immanuel Bible Church doesn’t have a Sunday night service (at least listed on their website)?

    • Jamie

      Ha – this is all part of Jesse’s pitch to restart IBC’s Sunday night services (which is happening in September).

    • Tomorrow Michael 🙂

  • Drew Sparks

    Our Church, in Southern California, has two traditional Sunday morning services that are identical. Sunday school for children is offered from the nursery to 6th grade. Youth meets first service, college and career meets second service, as well as other bible studies that meet during a particular service. On Sunday night, we have bible studies in different cities around the area. In addition, we also have a midweek service on Wednesday night, as well as a youth service, and programs 6th grade and below.

  • Gavin C.

    I came to a church that already had a Sunday night service because they’ve always had one. I have found it to be a very refreshing service. We use it oftentimes as a forum to discuss certain issues, topics and doctrines. The first series I did was teach point by point through the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 (how many SBCers have never even read our statement of faith). We dedicated one whole month on the sanctity of life and spoke on abortion, adoption and trafficking. We spent a whole month with guest speakers who were involved in church planting (including Cripplegate guest blogger Davis Prickett). We have used it as a time to discuss the theology behind events such as Sandy Hook and the Gosnell trial. We are currently doing a study through the Life of Christ based on Dr. MacArthur’s “One Perfect Life.” And by the way, we have around 70%-75% of our Sunday morning attendance on a Sunday evening. Not too bad for a little church.

  • Nathan

    Our church, Immanuel Baptist Nixa MO, discontinued our Sunday evening service so that the bi-vocational pastor (me) could have an evening off. We have a Sunday afternoon Bible study at 1:45 PM so people can have a lunch break (or eat at the church facilities with each other) and then attend. We alternate through the year with small groups and more formal services.

  • Harry

    One church in NYC has 10am,12noon,2pm,3pm, 5pm then 7pm, But I think that is because they fill the venue over and over.

  • Craig P. Hurst

    The last church I was at was trying to move to small groups and the church I attend now has small groups. We have a smaller church building and the youth dont have their own building or section so they need the auditorium for Sunday nights.

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  • We can barely get ’em to get up on Sunday morning.

  • Josh

    Sunday evening is when we have our Awana program. Due to the size of our church building and the number of children involved, every single room gets filled up and a majority of the adults are working in the program.

    • Yeah, us too. We are crazy packed with AWANA on Sunday evenings. When we restart our Sunday evening worship service, the big mystery is how it will effect AWANA volunteers. We hope that it will lead to more volunteers, but we’ll see.

  • dolph50

    We still have Sunday evening services. It is a rich time and a more intimate time than our morning service. It is a time of spiritual growth and is essentially a preaching/teaching service. Our attendance is about one third of our morning service. I believe, for us, it also serves as a testimony of the stewardship of our time before the Lord. That is not the primary reason but it is becoming a more relevant reason. Abandoning a corporate time of worship due to the pressures of the world schedule teaches something to the membership. How a church corporately handles priorities often becomes an example to the personal handling of priorities. Please note I am speaking only “for us”.

  • Barbara

    I am grateful to live within a 45-minute drive of a soundly biblical (and active) church that has its home in a college town the midst of the rural Bible-belt south. So I do make that drive. Twice on every Sunday and otherwise as needed to participate in the life of the church as I am not able to move right now. My pastor wrote a little article about why we continue with Sunday evening services and I found it to be a good read and it convicts me to pursue more private worship during the week, and this truth and the pure joy of fellowship with God’s people are why I do make that drive twice on Sunday. Sunday, and the rest of my week, would be missing something very precious without it. It is found here: http://www.tpcstatesboro.com/rationaleforeveningworship.htm

  • How about: People have lost their first Love? (Rev 2)

    • Why would you judge Christians by how often they would want to go to a church service? Commitment is not measured by attendance at a given service. Or for that matter that a church would even have a Sunday Night Service. Pretty shallow measurement?

  • Rebecca

    Something to consider is the possibility for legitimate change in the way a society works, and I include in that the family of God. The days of many men having a 9-5 job that doesn’t follow them home, and most women staying at home, are long gone. That has many implications and could be its own discussion, but the point I want to make is that people are just plain tired. We need a Sabbath for our bodies as well as our souls, and Sunday is often the most exhausting day of the week. I completely agree with the focus on God’s Word given in the OP and the comments. I disagree that Sunday evening services are the best way to accomplish that.

    I say this as the mother of a young family who does regularly attend Sunday evening services. Sunday evening turnout is about 35-40% of Sunday morning turnout. But when we have a noon meal and an afternoon service (5 or 6 times per year), turnout is easily 75-80% of those who were there in the morning. Yet our pastor is resistant to afternoon services, preferring the evening.

    • I understand what you are saying Rebecca (see my reply to Anne Caldwell on this thread). But let me challenge you on this: Sunday evening services have existed for hundreds of years, and the 9-5 work week has existed for 50 years. In fact, in much of the world, Saturday is a work day.

      I agree with you on the need for a day of rest. I dont’ call that a Sabbath though. I call it Saturday 🙂

  • Anne Caldwell

    Too often, I’ve found the reason for having an evening service is the old “because we’ve always done it that way” argument. I’m 37 with 2 kids…that argument is just hogwash, imo. There is no Biblical mandate for a 2nd service, but this is one area where Baptists (I am one) tend to be more “Catholic” with their traditions than they would care to admit! 🙂

    I refuse to judge a church based on whether it has an evening service or not. In the 21st century, the way we “do church,” the way we “do Sunday services,” NEEDS to be looked at. Where my family lives is a very high-tech part of the Greater Ottawa Ontario, Canada area. Most churches do not have an evening service. Ours does, and we don’t go. The ages of our kids means a Sunday night service equals a horrid Monday morning routine, especially during the school year. Perhaps when they are a bit older it won’t be as hard. Provoking my kids, even with the pretext of a service, and annoying the pants off everyone there with kids who are at the end of their tethers, is a bit much. Our evening service is very poorly attended: we average about 70-80 in the morning, and are lucky to get 20 people on a Sunday night.

    We live in a multi-ethnic, double-income area…and a lot of double income families don’t have the steam to hack another service on Sunday night. We also get folks for whom another 45 hike is a bit much (for seniors especially). A big ding is no children’s program or nursery. Also, a lot of high tech workers like my husband have commutes for work, travel for work (my husband does this), or work shift work (yes high tech has shift workers: hello international customer support). Some people who aren’t high tech may have to work on Sundays (service industry, healthcare workers, etc.).

    Even if families try and simplify, our society is a rat-race, and families try and grab at whatever time they can get together, whenever and wherever they can.

    Having a good spiritual life does not necessarily equate with being at the church building every time the doors are open. I know families and know of families where this kind of thing has spelled burn out and caused problems. But who is willing to tell people: stay away from serving for the sake of yourself and marriage? We can make idols out of our service times, the way we do things….and church attendance.

    As Amy Farrah Fowler said on The Big Bang Theory: “I don’t object to the concept of a deity, but I’m baffled by the notion of one that takes attendance.”

    • That’s a funny Fowler quote. I understand what you mean about the difficulty of corralling the family once again to go to church (and on a school night!). But one of the things that sold me on the virtue of it was seeing my own church’s AWANA attendance. Sunday evenings is when we do that, and it is PACKED. Then I started bringing my two kids, and they loved it. I came to terms with the fact that I’m going to be at church on Sunday nights, so we may as well worship together!

  • Mike Wilson

    We still have a Sunday evening service and it is attended by about 45% of the morning attendance. It is a huge time commitment to prepare that second sermon, especially in light of all other ministry needs. I often feel that it doesn’t measure up to the morning sermon but then I remember that it is not about wowing the people but about feeding them. I always joke that the evening is a bad version of the morning.

  • We (kinda) have a Sunday evening service. Sunday evenings is when our young adult ministry meets (18-30). We worship through song, a sermonette, and small group discussions.

  • Michael

    Let’s please not create a new law, requiring three or four services on Sunday before we’ve displayed enough love for God’s Word to be considered acceptable. Or else we should start a 4 AM to 8 AM worship service on Sunday to find out who’s really devoted.

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  • Mike

    Our church has been struggling with Sunday Night services for years – we just don’t get the participation no matter what we do. We have tried worship services, home bible studies, church bible studies – and people will not show up. And the few who do attend are not consistent in their attendance either. I talked with another local church pastor and he told me they quit having Sunday evening services because the people voted with their feet. I also know of another local church that struggles with their evening services too. The other problem that we see happening, if there is a holiday, sporting event, or school event (yes, on Sunday night) it almost makes our Sunday evening service an almost non-attended service – which makes it extremely difficult to keep people’s interest in bible studies when there are breaks in it. If you bring up cancelling Sunday evening services, the same people who don’t come consistently will protest the idea of shutting it down. I have even tried to present it as making Sunday evening a family night (at home) and have been writing half-page bulletin inserts for “family worship time” for about a year now. It’s an expansion of the morning sermon so they have something to build on. So now, we are once again talking about turning Sunday nights into practicing our faith events, like witnessing, fellowships, special events, etc – but I’m sure that will be protested too. So here I am, stuck in Sunday evening services purgatory because the people don’t want to stop it, but they don’t want to support it either.

  • Interesting article. Bethel Church in Redding, CA (revivalist church) still has a wildly successful Sunday evening worship— (you have to show up 2 hours early to get a seatt!!!!) Because they have so many excellent preaching pastors and superstar guest speakers, Sunday morning/evening messages are never the same speaker and they often do the best Baptisms on Sunday night. The service is family orientated with extended healing and prophetic ministry afterwards that goes on after the service.

  • April Elisabeth Markov

    Sunday evening services for churches in my area are only for special Sundays ie: Thanksgiving Sunday, all Lent Sundays, and maybe an Advent Sunday. The Lent services are combined services where a Lent choir practices then gives a cantata on Palm Sunday. Sunday evenings are devoted to Youth groups.

  • Mark Bowers

    Our church does an abbreviated Sunday evening corporate worship time (about 30 minutes) and then offers small group discipleship classes for all age groups. We are averaging about 40-45% of our Sunday morning attendance.

  • Mike Lingenfelter

    I’m the pastor at fbcdouglasaz.org and we have Sunday evening service. Instead of the traditional preaching, I use this time to have interaction with the people as I teach from Scripture. Similar to a home group study: teaching and question and answering

  • Ray Houser

    Good article about something many of us older churchmen have at times felt guilty about. For many years I pastored a church that had two morning services and as well as an evening one. The messages in the morning were duplicates, but I had to come up with something else in the evening. I started in ministry when two sermons for Sunday was the norm, so I didn’t see it as extra work. As a teenager, I loved the Sunday evening service. At my home church it was louder, freer and more evangelical than in the morning, but sometime in the ’70s something started to change. People who were asked to sing or lead worship on Sunday night didn’t want to anymore. They seemed to think they were being sent to the minor leagues, or something. The crowd steadily shrank. By the late ’80’s the crowd was so small, it was really a large small group without the loyalty. It began to seem like a bad use of time to prepare a sermon and drag in people to lead worship for 20 people who had already been in worship that morning. Many people cited the reason you mentioned: family time.We tried using the time for small groups and for “Going Deeper” studies with minor success, but eventually the Sunday evening service died.
    Actually, I fear it was entertainment that started the slow death of Sunday night service. With TV, people could sit at home, watch programs, and rest up for a busy week. (Actually, I think the rise of CBS News program “60 Minutes” coincides with the beginning of the end of Sunday night worship.) 🙂
    Truthfully, in our busy schedules these days, Sunday night is a good time for the family, and for small groups.

  • Tim Tolosa

    We have made the shift from formal corporate gatherings to home based small groups with one group (led by pastor) meeting at the church in case a visitor comes by to attend “church”. Our primary goal was to increase the discipleship opportunities on Sunday evening. When we went to small groups we doubled our Sunday evening attendance, and have witnessed marked growth in individuals never moved by an extra service on Sunday evening. Our Sunday morning corporate worship time is great, but so is our Sunday evening small group time. I am the discipleship pastor, and have personally begun to mentor several of our men as a direct result of implementing small groups. It is there that I was able to build a relationship with them, and see God become a priority in their lives. We’ve also used our small groups to reach out into the community, and have seen salvation decisions being made out of these groups. I don’t know if this is what God wants for every church, but it is certainly working for us!

  • Rick

    I recently became the senior pastor of a very conservative church that still has Sunday night service. At first we still did what was similar to the morning: singing a few songs, then preaching. However, I have changed it to be a deeper study of the morning message, and more people are attending in the evening. However, the singing is still somewhat of a “downer” and will be stopped. Like other churches, I am trying to develop Sunday nights for either family time (the ones who come generally do not have children at home) and/or small groups.

  • Brendan Murphy

    My church and other churches I know dropped Sunday nights b/c people stopped attending. One time the attendance was made up of me (the pastor), the piano player, and the person responsible for refreshments. the service was shortly dropped after that.

  • Graceonline

    Here in the UK most protestant churches have an evening service as well as the morning service. In the evening service you get a full length sermon just like you do in the morning service. It surprised me when I was visiting the US, Piper’s church in Minneapolis, they never had an evening service.

  • Freddy

    My church still does. It is a traditional Southern Baptist church…surprise! I’ve heard, too, that one reason churches did was because going to church was really the only time people could get together to see friends. I think this is going back to more agriculturally based communities where people worked sun-up to sun-down leaving no time to see friends. I trust the guy that told me that but I don’t where his info came from. I think many in the younger generation don’t really see the point of two services, myself included. I would much prefer to do home groups on Sunday nights and retain the mid week prayer time/Bible study. That’s just my $.02.

  • Kristin Hill

    Our church (www.hillcrestchapel.org) does Sunday evening services as well as Wednesday night Bible study and prayer time. We’re kind of old-fashioned that way.

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  • Rev Ron

    How about “…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, BUT SO MUCH MORE SO AS YOU SEE THE DAY APPROACHING…”.Either they don’t really “value” the Bible as you say or they don’t believe its message of a soon coming Lord !!!

  • John Stancil

    We still have Sunday evening services for several reasons: 1. We want to offer a night service for the church member who works in the mornings. 2. We want to make sure if a person cannot get a friend to wake up for the morning service, an evening service is an option. 3. But to me the most important reason is that it is the only time each week the whole church is together. Workers, kids, teens, parents, and staff are all there and it is a time for me as a pastor to actually preach to the church as a whole. Sunday evening is by far my favorite time to worship and for me to preach and teach thing directly related to our church family. Sunday morning we have so many visitors and Wed. nights we are scattered all over the property doing ministry, Sunday evening is family worship!

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