What do you do about worship attendance. No one kept records of worship attendance the year before I arrived at Trinity. So for the last part of 2007 I kept detail records. For that last part of the year we averaged 87 people per Sunday. In 2008 I recorded each week of the year and after tossing out the highest and lowest Sunday and dividing by 50, I got 84.
Now that doesn’t really reflect what is happening at the church. Our worship attendance has actually increased this year. The problem comes in THE SUMMER (dum, dum, dum). The summer is way down because of vacations, beach houses, and the fact it is summer. If I remove the summer from my calculations the average is 91.
If I report the 84 I will have the lowest attendance average on record in the past couple of years (the previous ones have been estimates and not on hard data). The dilemma lies in, do I could the summer or not? The officials rules state to include every Sunday and if I don’t I may be accused of padding numbers to look better (something I don’t want to do either).
What do you all do? And what do you recommend?