How congregations should track attendance during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, numbers are the last thing we want to think about. Many people in our church families are struggling with their health, worried about their income, and lacking social interactions with others. Plus, many of our congregations are not able to gather.

While all this is going on, tracking church attendance should not be a main priority. But there will come a time when we look back and ask, how do we count worship attendance for these weeks? With many congregations turning to virtual gatherings over the internet, we are forced to ask: What qualifies as attending a worship service?

It is helpful to track online views, but these are not the same as worship attendance, and, as such, they must not be included when calculating your average weekly worship attendance.

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