Attending church is more than just being there. It is about the quality of your church experience. You can be physically present but spiritually absent. There are a lot of instances that most people simply attend church for the sake of keeping God’s commandments and not doing it from the heart.
Some people complain that they don’t just feel that they belong to the church. They can’t establish a real connection with the people within a church. This is the reason that we see Christians who are “church shoppers” – people who can’t seem to stay long to a particular group.
Of course, there is no perfect church. No matter where you go, there will be a problem. As long as the church is composed of imperfect human beings, it is up to us to make the necessary adjustments.
This brings us to one particular topic: how can we improve our church experience? After all, we really can’t do much about other people. We are responsible for our actions, and our church experience highly depends on how godly we handle different situations.
So let me share with you five practical strategies that can help you improve your church experience.
Strategy no. 1: Be early
Great things happen to those people who come early in the church compared to those people who just get there on time or late. For one, being early gives you more time to be physically and spiritually prepared for the service. Next, it gives you extra time to fellowship with other believers and help in setting up the hall. Try to be early next Sabbath, and you will surely feel more comfortable in going joining church services. After all, if we can be early in our business appointments and school classes, why not be also early for our appointment with the Supreme Ruler and Creator of this vast universe?
Strategy no. 2: Fellowship
Hebrews 10:24 tells us to “consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” The Sabbath service is a perfect chance for us to be with like-minded people who share the same faith and beliefs. It is our duty to be our brother’s keeper and encourage one another. How can you know your brethren if you don’t take the time to talk to them, right? Therefore, it is a must that you make it a point that you reach out and talk to people. Make each one comfortable especially those who are newcomers.
Strategy no. 3: Take down notes
To get the most out of the messages given during church services, it is highly advisable that you take down notes. This helps you to listen more carefully to the one preaching in the pulpit. Moreover, bring your Bible along with you. There’s a big difference between listening to Bible verses being read than reading it yourself. It brings your Bible into life when you read and understand what it really says.
Strategy no. 4: Serve
To get the most out of church services, you must first GIVE through serving. You don’t have to be a pastor or church leader to serve your brethren. There are a lot of ways you can help. It can be by participating in the choir, arranging the flowers, setting up the chairs, controlling the PA system, welcoming church attendees, being an usher, and others. All you need is to have the right attitude and initiative. Those who serve in the church are usually the ones who spiritually grow faster compared to those who passively attend Sabbath services.
Strategy no. 5: Avoid distractions
There are a lot of distractions that can prevent us from actually improving our church experience. So make sure you eliminate or at least minimize them. Putting your phone into silent mode and avoiding its usage can help you stay focused during messages. Make sure you use the bathroom before the service begins, so you don’t have to go out later.
Remember that the Sabbath day and the church services are a HOLY TIME – meaning it is a time sanctified or separated for a divine purpose. It is not up to you how you will spend this day because it is God’s time. Being in the Sabbath service means that you focus your mind a 100 percent to God and the things pertaining to Him. Therefore, be sure to avoid distractions and let your whole being be immersed in the Sabbath service.
These are just some of the best strategies you should remember when attending church. You can attend all church activities, and services that you want but all those will boil to nothing if you can’t make the most out of them or even apply the lessons you have learned. So the next time you attend a Sabbath service, make sure you arrive early, fellowship, take down notes, serve, and avoid distractions.