Posted by Pastor Stuart

Everyone wants to be satisfied with their church-going experience. And there are a lot of things we can do to improve not just our church experience but the overall impact and warmth of our church for everybody who connects with it.

But what if you didn’t want to be satisfied with your church? What could you do about it? Good Interesting question. So let’s think about it.

Here’s a list from an article of 5 ways to be unsatisfied with your church:

1. Don’t participate, just consume. Go in thinking, “Okay, what can this place do for me? It better be entertaining and have enough amenities.” If you treat church like a business that needs to wow you with its product, so you just sit back and wait to be impressed, then you’re sure to be unsatisfied.

2. Criticize the leadership. If you’re looking for a church with deacons and a minister who’s perfect, you’ll be looking forever. If you want someone like a celebrity pastor on TV, then you’ll definitely be unsatisfied. And if you only criticize instead of contribute, then the unsatisfaction is sure to continue.

3. Don’t connect with your congregation outside of official service times. If you only talk with other church people during designated program hours, you’re likely to be unsatisfied. Making personal connections with the wonderful people in your church family produces many blessings for all parts of your life.

4. Believe that everything should be about you and for you all the time. Churches have (ideally) many different kinds of people in them. People at different stages in their lives, people from different backgrounds or cultures, people who are at different stages in their faith journey, etc. And they all have different needs. So to insist that your church only talk about and minister to your needs will surely leave you unsatisfied.

5. Get upset that your church isn’t perfect. All churches are strong in some things and not strong in others. All churches are made up of people. And all people are imperfect. It’s tempting to think, “I wish my church were like that one. They’ve got such great things.” But that’s just a version of “the grass is always greener on the other side.” Maybe it’s only greener because there’s more manure in it; you never know!

Your church can be really disappointing if you want it to be, or it can be a source of wonderful, continual blessings if you want it to be. Hickory Rock sure has many blessings to offer. I hope that we can be a church of people who contribute what they have to offer, who invest in the life of this community, and who actively make this a thriving congregation that cares for others.


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