Church services need to be shorter, says bishop

A senior bishop has urged churches to slash the length of services to   encourage people to worship more.

With most people torn between using Sunday mornings to go shopping or lie in   bed, the prospect of spending 90 minutes in church has an increasingly   limited appeal.

There is a simple answer to this problem, according to one senior bishop who   has urged clergy to cut the length of services in an effort to reverse   declining levels of attendance.

The Rt Rev Jonathan Gledhill, the Bishop of Lichfield, said worship has become   too complicated and time-consuming, leaving people who are not regular   churchgoers feeling confused and excluded.

He said that services have become too long, recommending clergy should aim to   keep them to no more than 50 minutes and make sure they are

careful not to   preach for too long.

 

 

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