Why go to a boring church?

How to cope in a New York Department store - Do a Harry Worth.

This is a valid question, why go anywhere you find boring when you don’t have to? To film ‘The Adventurers of Paul and Marian’ we had to find Green-Screen suitable clothes for our scenes. Being dragged around New York stores for days was soul-destroying and I hated it, but Polina Roytman, in charge of costume, had an amazing balance of authority and direction mixed with care and understanding, so rather than see me jump off Brooklyn Bridge she kept me focused. I was still fed up and demoralised, but focused! Shopping lovers will treat my attitude with disdain and many church lovers ‘church is boring’ too, but I think the comment deserves a respectful reply.

Two Pauls, two Marians and one Polina Roytman

Well meaning Christians often assume lively services are the answer, but that is not always true. Thirty years ago I attended my first pentecostal men’s meeting in Lanarkshire where the men were singing for all their worth, lifting hands and even dancing. The pastor, Hugh Clark, who talked about King David dancing for all his might then did so himself, which I found extraordinary. However, I couldn’t help but notice amongst the teenagers there were just a few who seemed bored, so even in the most musically excellent and hyper live environment church will seem boring if it is not meaningful.

Friendly church sign I spotted in Brooklyn.

For someone to switch from being boring to meaningful is down to personal relationship and interaction. Listening to speeches at the funeral of someone you never knew would be boring, but if these were of someone you deeply loved every moment would have meaning. You need to know and walk with The Lord himself for any church to mean something. Talk to him, consider his word and get to know Him. If you still get bored find a different type of church. Obviously you need a church that preaches the gospel, but loyalty to any name that hangs over the door is just naive. Church is the people, so with which of them do you have the most meaning and where does The Lord make the most of you? I will always find shopping boring and you may always find services boring, but if what I’m out to buy has meaning it will be worth it. Here is one thing I have bought while out shopping, church might be boring, but knowing and walking with The Lord sure isn’t!

Steve Martin – Atheists don’t have no songs


About Paul Sinclair

Paul Sinclair, often referred to as The Faster Pastor, has 30 years proven ministry as a pastor, speaker, published author and writer. His wife Marian is from Ghana and has been a minister in song for as many years. When Marian sings… expect an anointing!
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One Response to Why go to a boring church?

  1. Rod says:

    I think as you say it is difficult with kids these days as you really have to strike up a sincere relationship with kids at their own level and show an interest in all they say and do. Only then do they listen to you and act on what you tell them. In these days of computers texting on phones games etc kids like to be interacted with as they don’t get it in the homes to the same degree. So if you can get a few of your church members to take on that roll you will see great results with the youth.

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