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Why You Should Go To Church More

Not only can we make time for physical activities we’re passionate about, but our relationships with God can improve as well.

We all have a natural passion for the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we’re engaged, it builds deeper faith, trust, and hope. In addition, church makes us feel like we’re part of a fellowship of people who agree on something important. In this day and age, when many people can’t find the spiritual growth they’re seeking in their church community, it can be easier to see why congregants should participate more frequently. But not everyone can go and see another person at church regularly, or find the time. So what can you, as a nonbeliever, do to be more of a missionary in your church? There are many benefits to going to church frequently, but to really see the benefits, you’d have to attend a large, highly active church. Even then, you’ve probably noticed that in some churches, you’re not so much treated like an equal as you are given priority over others. It’s easier for church leaders to claim and hold the attention of a few people, than to get the attention of many. This can lead to the illusion that your opinion counts the most. In other words, the more important your opinion is, the more likely it is that you’ll get a hearing. In addition, the more you get in-tune with others, the more able you’ll be to empathize and relate to what they’re going through, particularly when it comes to the issues of the day.

But to really make things easier, let’s keep things a bit more concrete. We live in a society where one of the first things that people think about when they meet me is my religion. One of the most basic questions you might ask someone else is “What religion are you?” If you don’t understand this, there are two things you can do. Firstly, ask for their religious identification. Second, you want your religious activity to reflect who you are as an individual. I know we’re a little short on time here, but please, read on and give us an idea of how you could be a better missionary within your church.

1.     Start paying attention to what people are talking about.

This isn’t about just keeping an ear open at the back of the church, but also what the people in your church are talking about. It’s easy to get caught up in how other members of the church are talking about things they’re passionate about.   If you find yourself constantly getting caught up in what the people in your church are thinking, it may be worthwhile to start paying attention to what they’re actually talking about.

If you do catch yourself getting sucked in and start feeling ungrounded in your religion or spirituality, try to remember that this is simply another way to express your own religious or spiritual desire. This is not a way to try to convince others to follow you in your belief or practices. The whole idea with making a hobby of following your spiritual leaders (especially if you’re not passionate about it yourself) is that it’s a way for you to feel in touch and connected. This may sound trite, but it’s true. It’s not about you. It’s not about you trying to make a “cool” job out of your religion. It’s about you expressing your passion with who you’re passionate about. This is about you becoming interested and involved in something, and being able to communicate the passion when it’s truly required.

People, even highly devout, committed believers, get caught up in how they can get their own thoughts and emotions across. You want to get to know your local church more, but maybe you’re worried that you’ll come across as needy, uninterested, overly emotional. What I often hear is “I’m too busy, you need to get more involved.” These people aren’t wrong, but I ask them to consider how many other equally deserving, less busy volunteers (especially new people) have to go through the difficult process of learning and applying their faith to the world.   A great opportunity to get involved comes with the growth to a certain age of a church, when it’s time, for someone new to be mentored, educated, trained, and encouraged. If you’re trying to become involved in your local church, don’t let anyone’s words or fears discourage you. The only thing you can’t change is your own heart.

2 a.) Start paying attention to how people interact with each other.

This really sounds like a no-brainer because it is.