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It’s Hard to Get to Church Sometimes

Sunday Morning

In the book, Zombies, Football and the Gospel, Reggie Joiner talks of how Sunday’s are now a day to watch football, be with family, and do just about anything else but church. I know that this varies from one city to another, but the reality is that most just don’t feel the need to be at your church every week.

Have you imagined all that happens before someone even arrives at your church for the first time?

  • They have to convince family members to attend.  Maybe it’s a cranky teenager, or a detached spouse. Most in a family will not visit a church for the first time by themselves. They’re going to try and get someone to go with them.
  • They have to wake up early, when maybe they don t usually do so. So you have a Saturday or Sunday night service…that’s not normal for the weekend warrior either. No matter the time or day you meet, you’re still asking someone to do something they wouldn’t normally do at a time that they wouldn’t normally do anything.
  • They have the challenge of getting kids ready before arriving. This isn’t even easy for those of us that attend every weekend.
  • Walked into a place where only a few know their name, and the smaller church the more of a challenge this is for visitors.

But, you know what? That’s allright. It is what it is. The question to ask yourself is a personal, and more self-directed one.

“Do you create a compelling place that people want to return to the next week?

All of those ‘reasons it’s hard to get to church’ above are  legitimate   but there is also something bigger at play. The people that visit your church for the first time and press through those reasons have something compelling them to be there. Maybe something has been sparked in their lives that  compels  them to do what they never thought they’d do.

Don t lose fact of the truth that many of the  people who visit are coming because they need something and do not yet know what that is.


Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.