NZ Pastors Go Door-To-Door in Membership Drive
No, these aren’t Jehova’s Witnesses or Mormons. Pastors from from three churches in the town of Feilding, Manawatu District on the North Island walked door-to-door and gave away cookies, tea bags, and leaflets to encourage the local flock to ‘return to church.’
OAC [Open Air Campaigners], an evangelical ministry, has been joined by Feilding Baptist and St Paul’s Presbyterian in the campaign. an evangelical ministry, has been joined by Feilding Baptist and St Paul’s Presbyterian in the campaign.
The visits had found that many people no longer saw churches as relevant. “Or they see them as always bleating for money, or always condemning.” [OAC’s] Mr. Meyer said every second home had someone with a church background who had given up attending.
Victoria University religious studies professor Paul Morris said churches were faced with dwindling attendances and were working hard to become relevant. The 2001 census showed a 4 per cent decrease in New Zealanders who identified as Christian, while 30 per cent of the population - an 18 per cent increase - said they had no religion. The main denominations were Anglican, Catholic and Presbyterian, but only Catholics had not declined in numbers.
When was the last time you were visited by a local pastor, rabbi, priest or whatever?