Ten Reasons Why You Should Be Going to Church

I’ve just seen one too many articles on why people aren’t coming to church. Admittedly, there are some good reasons. But I’d like to share my top 10 reasons why you should be coming to church. Others will have different reasons and some may disagree with the ones I have listed, but here they are.

10. Coming to church doesn’t mean you have no doubts about God or faith or religion. It means you have a place you can share with people who have their own doubts.

9.  Bad stuff is going to happen in your life. It just is. A church community cannot be everything to everyone in times of crisis, but when the bottom falls out of your world, it’s great to have a community to lift you back up.

8. Bad stuff is going to happen in your life, part two. The time to build a relationship with God is not when life turns ugly, and you’ve run out of all other options. Attending worship regularly helps build a relationship with God and others that will give you a solid foundation when the winds blow and the storms come.

7. Not all churches are anti-something. Most of us are for people, for acceptance, for hospitality. Really, we’re out there. We just don’t get the good press.

6. Any church worth its salt has really good food on a regular basis.

5. Churches offer paint-by-number opportunities to serve. Many people would like to help the poor, the hungry and the homeless, but they don’t know how to get involved, how to make the time to be involved, or what they can do to really make a difference. Churches offer you ways to plug in to help those who need it most.

4. You’ve got a gift. Probably two or 10 of them. Becoming involved in the ministry of a church will help you discover and use gifts you never even knew you had.

3. Not all churches are after your money. Good churches want you have a healthy relationship with money. Sure, churches need to pay the electric bill and the pastor and the youth director, but money and the church is more about you than it is about the church. It’s about your own relationship with money. World events have proven that it’s much better to put faith in God than in a bank account. Church can help you with that.

2. Taking a break from our hectic lives to come to church is accepting the gift of Sabbath. Wayne Mueller says “(Sabbath) dissolves the artificial urgency of our days, because it liberates us from the need to be finished.” We don’t take Sabbath and come to worship because we have time and have finished up everything that needs to be done. We take Sabbath because it is time to stop, and we are designed to stop, rest and reflect. Those don’t are destined to crash and burn.

1. Jesus is really cool. Even if you don’t know if you can believe in the whole Son-of-God thing, even if you refer to the resurrection as the Zombie Jesus event and even though those of us already in church often do a lousy job of following him, come to church to get to know Jesus. The more you get to know him, the more you’ll understand why people call his way The Way.

–Rev. Anne Russ

Thanks to all who have sent gracious notes about this article. Feel free to repost or reprint this article in other newsletters or sites. Just please include attribution. Thanks


  1. Anne Allen

    Anne Russ! Your Ten Reasons Why You Should Be Going to Church is beautiful, thought-provoking, and so inspirational!! Thank you for sharing!!
    Anne and Charles Allen

  2. joyousjava

    Thanks for this! I’ve said so many of these things to so many people, but never thought to put them in a top ten list. I wonder, if we give you some hardcore credit, would it be okay to use this list on our congregation’s website (we are a Disciples of Christ congregation in the Kansas City area)?

  3. Stacey Nicholas

    This is a well written blog…I think, though, that is also assumes that people live where there is a choice in churches (go to one–anyone.) In rural America where there might be only one church in a community (or of one’s faith system), there might be real reasons for one’s spiritual health to stay away.

  4. Quentin Chin

    Another reason… church is cutting edge… in today’s society when many of our social connections are electronic, church is one place where people gather intentionally to be face to face. You can’t get a hug through Facebook or to have someone pat you on the back for a job well done through e-mail.

  5. Mary Ann White

    This is a great list. I would like to use it in our weekley email newsletter….of course giving credit to First Pres in Argenta and Rev. Russ. Thanks so much! Mary Ann White, St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church Houston

  6. maflam

    I read this in a link on Facebook and really loved what you have to say. I’d like to use it in our monthly newsletter with credit to you, of course. I just realized you sat right behind me in Marilyn’s class at ARW. Small world! Mary Ann Sumner, Daytona Beach FL

  7. John Koerner

    Excellent article. I found myself smiling and agreeing with each of your listed reasons. May I have permission to list this in our newsletter and on our website? (With proper credit to you of course)

  8. argentapres

    Have been wonderfully overwhelmed by the positive reaction to this article. Very excited that it is being passed along so many places. I have added a note at the bottom giving permission to people to reprint with attribution. Thanks to all who have considered the article share-worthy.

  9. PK for Life

    I’m a Presbyterian PK and have been my whole life. I love my relationship with God and Jesus but find church to be extremely frustrating. Too many power plays, not enough friendly people and too much “conform or go home” type of mentality. I think all churches should watch GCB and see themselves in the show and then write articles about inclusion and love…better yet, don’t talk about it; just practice inclusion, acceptance and love on a regular basis.

    1. argentapres

      I’d like to think we practice inclusion, acceptance and love here at First Pres. In fact, I know we do. We practice. We’re not perfect.

      And nobody at our church has enough money to see themselves in GCB. 🙂

  10. Hawk

    Nicely written and reasoned, Rev. Anne. But I don’t believe in any God and so would not derive comfort from association with believers. Much the opposite, I would think. And I honestly don’t think I should burden anyone’s fellowship, either. But within the framework of your beliefs, I think you make valid points and I like the way you make them. Said with a smile: God bless!

  11. Cynthia

    Thank you for an excellent post. I am a Presbyterian pastor currently on sabbatical. I am sharing this on our church FB page. I look forward to sharing it with leaders in our congregation. Blessings on your ministry. Great church website also.

  12. revccc

    Excellent post. Thank you so much for sharing this. I am a Presbyterian pastor currently on sabbatical. I look forward to sharing and discussing this list with leaders in my congregation. I have shared it on our church FB page. Blessings on your ministry. Great church website by the way.

  13. phoenix

    This must be 10 reasons for the able bodied. Not the elderly widow alone and too old to drive her car anymore.
    Not the deeply depressed mother of 3 who has two coins to scrape together, and neither add up to enough gas in the car.
    It must not be meant for the homeless vet whose PTSD is so severe she’s not sure who to trust and is freaked out by groups of people.

    This list must be meant for good, nice, Christian people who never see the other kinds of people who won’t ever see this list.

    You know, the ones who REALLY need to see it.

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