Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


Teaching Faithfulness

  • Jim Townsley
  • Apr 28, 2016
Faithfulness is a vanishing character trait. It has not only affected American culture as a whole but the culture of the church as well. It seems members are missing church with increased frequency. Vacations, family visits, illnesses, hobbies, and many other conflicts are hindering faithfulness to the church services. More people, gone more often, means fewer in attendance on any given Sunday which results is a lower average attendance in church. What can be done, if anything, to improve faithfulness in church attendance and Christian service? 
People learn from their leaders and in the church the most important example of faithfulness begins with the pastor and his family. If the preacher is not faithful it will be reflected upon the congregation. Preachers are held to a higher standard than the members of the church. If the preacher misses a service it may result in someone else missing several services. If the preacher does not tithe, others who are less dedicated will usually give far less. If the preacher is not a soul-winner others will not be challenged to win souls. The pastor’s faithful example is a strong influence to the entire church family.
Every young man considering starting a church must consider his own commitment and recognize it must be much higher than the average Christian. A true leader must set a high standard for the congregation even if those members do not attain the standard he has set. The Bible is explicitly clear that believers are to be faithful in their service and their relationship with the Lord.  Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” -- Proverbs 20:6.  “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” -- 1 Corinthians 4:2. Every young man must accept the responsibility of setting the standard of commitment for all the church. How can a preacher develop an attitude of faithfulness?
  • The preacher and his family must set the example of faithfulness by their daily consistency.
  • Preaching sermons about faithfulness should be a common theme in the early years of the church.
  • Promote special events from the pulpit and encourage people to be in their place.
  • Build faithfulness through a series of practical messages that will help new believers in their daily walk.
  • Make the services exciting so that people will not want to miss.
  • Plan special events – Revival services, Bible conferences, youth rallies, patriotic rallies, emphasize the family, special meals, friend day, youth activities etc.
It can be very disappointing when you have worked hard to prepare for a special meeting that is poorly attended. However, complimenting those that were faithful will work better than reprimanding those that were not faithful. Faithfulness will still be emphasized by commending those that were faithful. Keep a positive tone and continue to encourage faithfulness all the time. Developing a theme can also be an effective means to achieve faithfulness. “Three to thrive” can emphasize that everyone should be in church Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. “Four to thrive” can add Sunday school to the list. “Count me” or “Be one” are themes that emphasize the importance to be faithful. It has been stated, “You get what you go after.” If you emphasize faithfulness you will be more likely to develop it. The more you stress it and set the example the better it will be. 
A new church often has two attendance counts, the number of people present and the number if everyone had been faithful to be in church. There will never be a service where everyone is present, because there are always new members that are learning how to live the Christian life. These new members are babes in Christ and must be taught. Even older members can lose their enthusiasm for God and must be encouraged to get right with God. The theme of faithfulness will be an ongoing challenge that will always be present in every church. Determine to maintain a positive attitude and compliment those that are faithful. Faithfulness can be taught and it can be learned. “His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” - -Matthew 25:23