Nine Ways to Get the Most Out of Church

Every Christian wants to have a great church experience. But what we get out of our time in God’s house depends to a great degree on what we put into it. So how can we get the most out of church?

  1. Be Faithful. Discipline yourself to be there as much as you can-even if you didn’t get quite enough sleep the night before, or despite any other excuse you can use to talk yourself into skipping church. Remember, we constantly face spiritual battles. Perhaps the service you miss will feature a message that could revolutionize your spiritual walk! Don’t let anything replace your church. You need that body of believers behind you, supporting you, encouraging you, and especially, praying for you.
  2. Be Involved. Maybe you’re not growing because you’re sitting on the outside of church activities. If you can sing, join the choir. Get involved in planning, or serve on a committee. Lend a hand and enjoy what your church offers, you will feel more like a vital part of your church.
  3. Pay Attention-Take Notes. Don’t just sit in your pew or Sabbath School chair – take notes and respond when input is requested. Become involved in what the teacher and pastor are saying. Don’t let yourself be distracted by everything else.
  4. Beat the Rush! Get up early enough to avoid the Sabbath morning rush. This way you can prevent arriving at church frustrated or emotionally drained, which definitely hinders the ability to concentrate on the Lord and His goodness! Also, get enough rest the night before so your mind will be fresh and alert for the service.
  5. Be Prepared. Do you have any written material that will prepare you for the lesson? You can also prepare spiritually by having your own time of prayer and worship as you get ready and drive to church.
  6. Meet New People. Don’t always sit by the same people. Muster up your courage to sit by someone you don’t know, or someone who looks lonely. These new pew mates may become tremendous friends.
  7. Pray Continually. Pray for the service, the pastor, the special music, and the choir. And pray for yourself. Ask God to give you the wisdom to understand the message and to learn from it. Pray for others in the congregation . . . you never know who might be facing pain or tragedies.
  8. Respond. If God tugs at your heart, respond. You’ll not only keep your heart sensitive to God, but you will also encourage others to be honest about their spiritual walks.
  9. Minister. Find ways to minister through your church. Join an organized ministry or small group, or start your own ministry – like sending notes of encouragement to others.

Want to get the most out of your church? Then get off your pew! Remember, your experiences with church are just what you make them. Don’t let anything hinder you from what can be one of your biggest blessings . . . fellowship, learning and growing closer to God in His house!

Adapted from http://www.ncnnews.com/nphweb/html/ht/article.jsp?id=10008458