On Easter Sunday, church buildings will once again be filled to the brim with record attendances. Easter is one of the most popular church attendance days of the year. But what about the next Sunday? Or the Sunday after?

Just like spring-cleaning happens only once a year, that shouldn’t be the only time you clean for 12 months. Maybe if you’re like many of us, you may have become caught up in your children’s sporting events, extracurricular activities, work, chores, etc., and Sundays have indeed become your day of rest. But God wants to recharge your soul each week with encouragement and Christian fellowship.

If you’ve fallen out of the habit of a weekly church routine, maybe consider this Easter as your starting point. Commit to honoring and celebrating the God that loves you and get your family involved in church again. Christ’s resurrection is something that should be celebrated every day, not just once a year. Blessings to you and your family this Easter as you celebrate this sacred day.

Ready to Return: Bringing Back the Church’s Lost Generation
By Ken Ham, Jeff Kinley, Britt Beemer

The Church is in danger of losing future generations, but only if there is a failure to understand the problem and don’t engage them in a way that appeals to their generation. This book offers parents, pastors and Christian educators the information and help needed to reach teens and millennials in a way that cements their Christian faith.

Rerouting: Finding Our Way Back to God and His Church
By Fr. John Riccardo

Many people who were brought up in the church have left for a variety of reasons. We often feel as if we’re on the road without a map, or have the wrong map, or only pieces of the map. This book addresses this problem head-on, putting the map once again into our hands—or, in today’s language, providing us with the voice of a GPS device telling us where we must go in order to come safely home to loving Christian fellowship.

Come Home: A Call Back to Faith
By James MacDonald

This book’s invitation is this: come home. It invites the departed to return and offers the promise of the gospel—that all wrongs and sins can be forgiven through Jesus. There is no expiration on the promise of forgiveness and the open arms of Christ, so no matter how long the wanderer has wandered; he or she is still welcome. All hurts can be healed, all brokenness mended. Just come home.

Jesus Called – He Wants His Church Back: What Christians and the American Church are Missing
By Ray Johnston

Rediscover the Jesus who wants His enemies won over, not wiped out; wants us to stop playing it safe; was full of compassionate grace and unflinching truth; sees great potential no matter how things look and believes nobody has strayed too far to return to God.

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.