Churches don’t have a roll call before services but perhaps they should.
I once had a guy at our church that never attended anything outside of Sunday mornings. His attendance on Sunday mornings was pretty poor too. I’d guess that he was there maybe two Sundays a month at most. At some point, he came up to me and told me that he was leaving the church because he just wasn’t connecting to anyone. I couldn’t believe it. He was totally oblivious to the fact that he had put zero effort into making any sort of connection with anyone.
While most churches offer all sorts of opportunities to connect with others, they’re just that…opportunities. Nobody can make you connect with others and if you refuse to do little more than show up to a service a couple of times a month you shouldn’t expect much to happen.
Connections, like so many things in this life, require effort. Great connections require even more effort. Of course, great connections with others are always worth the effort but the truth is they seldom just drop out of the sky.
Maybe churches should take attendance after all and then mail reports to everyone every couple of weeks just to make sure that they are aware of the amount of effort they are putting into making true connections with others.