What is the shift that is going on? Is it just California, Santa Barbara, MCC, me or is it something bigger? We have offered a successive series of Inquirer's Classes (now we call them Welcome Classes) for a couple years, with dwindling attendance and interest. Is it that lack of interest in membership on the whole that drives this downward interest? Is it a Sunday afternoon format that is too intrusive into family schedules? Or is it a lack of interest in joining a church?
We have regular requests for membership classes, so the staff and I find two weeks months out ahead and schedule two successive Sunday afternoons. Then one or two people might show up. Is that the new normal?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not feeling hurt or rejected. It's not about me, it's about something that is going differently than I thought it would go. What's working best in your context?