Christian men are boring

Church services"That's too boring for me"

The bells ring steadfastly every Sunday. But they often call in vain. According to church statistics, around 3.3 million people attend church services on weekends, but - measured against 46 million Protestant and Catholic Christians in the country - that is little.

Well-filled pews are the exception

According to statistics, only 3.4 percent of all Protestant church members go to worship. In the Catholic Church you get a good ten percent. Whether in the city or in the country - well-filled pews are the exception. Usually a few old women and very few men follow the ringing of the bells, the rest sleep themselves off. Or, at best, can be seen on high public holidays. The fact that people do not go to worship has to do with the great word secularization. However, it also has reasons that lie within the church walls:

Jörn Iken: "No, that's too boring for me. Because I don't get any profit from it, not from the sermon. I like the whole liturgy very much, but this whole impression is ruined again - by the boring sermon. The whole sermon consists, in my opinion, of empty words. "

"I find that embarrassing"

The journalist Jörn Iken would like to go to the service, he is repelled by the style on the pulpit or the speech:

"It has certain forms of expression that are almost always the same with all pastors. As if they all went to the same school to preach. And there are also play elements where I feel as an adult being kidnapped. A sexton hops through them Church, because he is miming the Easter Bunny. I find that embarrassing for the sexton - even more embarrassing for the audience. Ashamed of others. You slide back and forth on the pews a bit when he is hooked up. What am I sitting here for and what is it for to do anything with me. "

Helmut Teipelke: "On Sundays for church service: We don't necessarily have to go there. We go at Christmas and then that's it. In general, I would say that the pastors, that they approach their congregation too little. That they hardly Make house calls. I know that very differently. "

"We're going for Christmas and then it will be" - the pews are orphaned (dpa / Horst Ossinger)

Many people do not feel seen in the parishes, says Helmut Teipelke, who was once a sexton in a Hamburg parish. He still knew times when the churches were full. Others would like more pastoral care - but pastors rarely do that themselves, they usually look for volunteers. Mrs. Teipelke says:

"I am of the opinion that the church has to approach you. And the pastor has to bring you into conversation."

The churches are experimenting with different forms of worship. During the "Night of the Churches" in numerous cities, the houses of God are jam-packed. However, these are unique events in which literature, music, theater, conversations or even cabaret take center stage.

The worship service - the dusty center of the congregation?

Nevertheless, the churches hold fast to the fact that divine service - for Catholics the mass - is the central communal gathering. There he is read from the Bible, preached and the creed is spoken. The Lord's Supper or the Eucharist is celebrated in church services or mass. In short: this is where the Christian community celebrates its faith.

But maybe more needs to be changed in the service itself. People want to be addressed more on an equal footing. The 2000-year-old model, according to which the believer belongs to the flock of sheep and the pastor is the shepherd - that sounds pretty dusty and leaves no equality. By the way, ten years ago the pews weren't much fuller either. In any case, there have never been more than 15 percent of worshipers since the count began after 1945. But at least there is no insulting the believers who stay at home on Sundays.