Trends in Worship Gathering Times

I had a conversation with another pastor the other day. The church he serves recently moved its Sunday worship gathering from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. That’s pretty unusual, but the other pastor mentioned that there are some benefits that I hadn’t considered before.

Thom Rainer blogged recently that a lot of churches have been tinkering with the timing of their worship gatherings:

The 11:00 am worship service is no longer the designated time for a majority of churches. The so-called sacred hour of worship is not sacred in most churches. This change started slowly, but it is pervasive now.

Interestingly, the gathering time at JLP (9:30 am) is now the most popular time for worship services.


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