Biblical Messages

MYTHBUSTERS: Church is boring!

Lots of people – even some who attend worship! – say that “church is boring”.  Why is that?  Is it really a myth?

I’ve visited a few churches where there was no denying that it was true – at least on the Sunday I visited!  But I think most congregations that even bother to entertain the question of whether or not church is ‘boring’ probably are working hard to dispel the myth.

(By ‘church’ here I’m talking about the worship gathering, rather than the body of Christ itself – though some would argue that boring people make for boring worship, but I’m not going there!)

When this was being discussed with our children, one of them aptly said, “Church is boring if you want it to be.”  That is, if we go expecting it to be boring, it might just turn out that way.  But if we go expecting God to speak, God will speak.  And that’s exciting.

There were many passages of Scripture I could have chosen to debunk this myth, but of them I chose 1 Corinthians 14.22-40.  As I note in the reading of the text, there is a portion therein that could serve as a red herring to the topic at hand, and I didn’t have time to deal with the issue of women speaking in church in this message. 

You can listen to the message here.  Feel free to comment on your experience of church – has it been boring or exciting for you?  And in what ways?

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4 thoughts on “MYTHBUSTERS: Church is boring!”

  1. Jeff in answer to your question these comments are from over many years.

    1.Dragged out sermons.

    Pastor voice too hum drum.

    Music too slow.
    No enthusiasm.

    People not friendly.
    I think that is enough LOL

    1. Good points, Doris. Why do some believe that church has to be hum-drum in order for it to be ‘worshipful’? Thanks for sharing from your years of experience!

  2. We started a “CHeers” team at church – you know, “where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came….” The feedback we got was that if you’re new – or if you’re one of the quiet “regulars” being greeted in a meaningful way, remembered, sat beside when you’re alone that week…washes away any need for “excitement”, hot music, great multi-media…Love covers a multitude of sins so to speak.

    If church is about entertainment then it had better be pretty hot to maintain ongoing interest and excitement. If it’s about fellowship and the gospel it just has to be real and bathed in love.

  3. You’re right, Cynthia – most churches don’t have the budget to compete against Hollywood. It’s about different values. One of the things I said in my message was that authenticity – being real – is what makes the difference (and clearly sets us apart from Hollywood!).

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