Social distancing could cause church attendance to drop after pandemic

Social distancing could cause church attendance to drop after pandemic

- Sam Adeyemi of Daystar Christian Centre has said that churches will never be the same again post-coronavirus pandemic

- The man of God said that members may want to continue observing church services from the comfort of their homes

- According to the cleric, that would significantly affect churches with huge physical members bases

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The head pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi, has said that the church will not be as it used to be after the deadly coronavirus outbreak is over.

He made this known during a live chat with BBC Yoruba on Tuesday, May 12, a session that was observed by The Cable.

In the chat, the man Of God said that the pandemic will greatly affect churches, as some of them may witness a big reduction in their membership as many members might just want to continue worshipping God from home.

“That’s an issue I have pondered upon severally because the church may not be the same again after this Covid-19 experience. As you can see, many people have been receiving messages via online broadcast from their homes. It’s no longer like before that they have to be physically present in churches,” he said.

Sam Adeyemi said that since may are already used to getting broadcast from the comfort of the homes, they would feel reluctant to go to church even after everything comes back to normal.

“Now that many have been used to worshipping God from the comfort of their rooms, will they go to church when Covid-19 is finally over? Many Christians may also feel relaxed on Sundays when they usually go to church,” he added.

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Another thing Adeyemi said is that Christians are using this trying period to really measure how concerned their churches are towards their welfare.

“Also, many Christians have started questioning the genuineness of their churches for them with little or no help coming their way during the pandemic period when hunger is holding sway,” he said.

The clergyman said this time should teach both political and religious leaders on the great importance of showing humanity in helping others grow.

He advised Nigerians to comply with all the directives governments have introduced to contain the outbreak.

In response to the call to reopen churches, Adeyemi said that the main thing that should occupy people’s minds is how to survive the present health crisis.

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