Bishop Says Shorter Services Will Draw More People To Church

07.04.11 | Sarah Harnisch

A major Catholic bishop says he's got an idea when it comes to getting the unsaved into church on Sundays. He says shorten the service. It has nothing to do with those who already know the Lord, says Rev. Jonathan Gledhill, the Bishop of Lichfield. He says it's all about getting people who don't know Christ in the door, and keeping them there. Gledhill said worship has become too complicated and time-consuming, leaving people who are not regular churchgoers confused and excluded. Over the weekend, he recommended clergy should limit the entire service to 50 minutes. Research done last year found the average Anglican sermon was 42 minutes long.