At the church that I currently pastor in the Birmingham area we have been having the normal 10:45am worship time. It dose work for us (as far as having a descent crowd). However, I have been giving a great deal of thought to the idea of changing the period of Worship to 9am or even 8am. I tried it on this past Christmas and New Year's Day. Christmas Day was packed (standing room only), but New Year's was a ghost town....I'd like to hear your ideas on the subject.
We've had NYE Service from 9:00pm to mid-night and we had a full house. How awesome is that. On New Years Day, our service was at 10:30am and we also had a decent crowd.
I've often heard my Pastor say, when the crowd get to 80% capacity, it's time to open up a second service.
God bless your ministry.
I'm not a Pastor, but be led by the Spirit. Also some may be resistant to the time change. But the bottom line is if Christ is in them, they are going to come if you change the service. I have even seen some churches change their watch night service to 6 and or 7pm instead of 10pm to midnight. I think in most churches this New Years was a ghost town. Ours was the same. As we say, "slim" showed up on New Years Day. And I think it was due to getting out of church on midnight and having to get right back up to come again.
God bless Pastor to you today,i have been seeing this as well i believe it's the Sunday not the time,we have those who will be there on a certain Sunday only,we must contiue to be Prayerful and see what God does with his people we Pastored............