This question came up inadvertently when I made a comment in my conclusions about Lesson 22. I mentioned how I thought one of reasons people drop out of BSF when Spring arrives was because of lessons like Lesson 22 where we are studying the same passage for 3 weeks.
Some of you chimed in so I thought it deserved an expanded forum.
So I’ll pose the question: Why do you think BSF attendance drops in the Spring?
I’ll give you my thoughts:
1) A year-long bible study is trying. It tests our strength, our endurance, and our willingness to be challenged by God. Some are just not up for the challenge or they need a break so they take one.
2) Spring fever. When the days are longer, we want to be outside, not inside.
3) The lessons are dull and aren’t challenging–the opposite of number 1. As exhibited in my opinion by Lesson 22 of Genesis. People feel they are not growing so why bother?
4) Life gets in the way. It’s the reason why church attendance waxes and wanes in people’s lives. Personal events happen be it a health crisis, death, employment issues, kid issues, or what have you that demand our attention more.
I know BSF has people who crunch these numbers and draw conclusions from them. I’d love to have a report, wouldn’t you? Would be interesting.