The beginning of each year is always a very lean time for us at PCC (I suspect for most churches). It’s the dead of winter, the nights are long and the days are short. Attendance usually dips down low because sickness keeps many people out. Giving patterns usually follow attendance patterns. Then of course, there are some people who are fair-weather Christians or casual attenders. They come out only at springtime. For them it’s easier to just sleep in this time of the year.
In spite of that historical trend it is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT for us RIGHT NOW. January and February of this year has turned out to be the strongest we have ever experienced than any other year! Attendance has remained consistently strong - even higher than normal a few Sundays. We have fewer springtime believers in our church family - they've grown up. Giving is strong – with no decreases. Commitment to volunteer positions is strong – with almost no ‘no-shows.’ Enthusiasm for PCC is at an all-time high among our members – we don’t have just members, we have raving fans. Discipleship is manifesting itself among our people in many different ways, and new leaders are emerging from the ranks of our teens and college-age groups.
This is very encouraging to me. Beginning the year so strong gives us a jump start on the ministry, and is also a good sign for the remainder of the year. I am confident that 2010 is going to be the best year that PCC has ever experienced.