If You Could Change One Thing About Your Church

What is it that would help your church be more effective in its ministry?

I suspect that the answers to such a question might be varied. For example, some might say they wish that someone would give more attention to what actually happens during a Sunday morning worship service. Others might say that they wish their church offered more for children or teenagers. Still others might suggest that the preaching could be more engaging, challenging, or relevant.

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Maybe you see room for improvement in a certain area. In seeing such a need and acknowledging it, you are not discounting your church. Nor are you suggesting that the leaders of your church are not making an effort and working hard. (You may be one of those leaders!) No, you are simply paying attention to the effectiveness of your church and acknowledging what you see.

There are no perfect congregations. A church may have a vibrant worship service that week after week does a wonderful job of ushering the church into the presence of God. Yet, it may have a children’s ministry that is sorely lacking. Or, a church may have an exciting teen ministry and yet have an assembly in which the preaching is dull, lifeless, and predictable. Or, a church may have a wonderful ministry to the poor and yet the singing/praise time on Sunday mornings is mediocre and does little to engage people.

Now why wouldn’t someone acknowledge that a church is not effective in a particular area? Sometimes a person might feel as if she or he is being disloyal if he or she acknowledges that something in the congregation is not very effective. Other people hesitate acknowledging a needed area of improvement because the person leading in that area happens to be friend. “How could I say that the preaching is lacking in some way? John is my friend. After all that he has done for my family, I couldn’t ever say that.” Finally, others do not acknowledge an area that needs improvement because they have grown accustomed to mediocrity. Consequently, the children’s ministry rocks along year after year, frustrating parents and offering very little. Or, the old church sign with the crooked letters stays that way while people come and go.

The first step in addressing these issues is paying attention to the ministry of the congregation week after week and being willing to acknowledge what is and what is not effective.


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5 thoughts on “If You Could Change One Thing About Your Church

  1. I don’t think much about changing my church; I guess I am happy there. Not that we don’t have new things to consider, ways to grow. But foundationally I like its character and approach, and that makes me feel content.

    • L.L., you make an important statement in your comment. You said, “…foundationally I like its character and approach.” When the foundation of a church as expressed through its character and approach, its members have something very special and is not to be something taken for granted. Hopefully, if the “big things” are right, then its members can have lots of patience and forbearance in matters that may be preferences but are not all that important (in the grand scheme of things).

  2. This question comes right when my church is re-examining itself and asking what it needs to change.
    It’s been an interesting process and I keep praying that we will learn from this and we will implement what we learn.