I enjoy church fellowships – those in services, Sunday school, and church activities, as well as after service in the parking lot.
I want clear direction from the pastor and the leadership of the church and not conflicting information or actions. I want clearly defined goals and clearly defined roles so as to understand what I may expect.
I do not want to attend a church with cliques and where decisions are withheld from the congregation and provided to only a handpicked, privileged few.
I want to feel secure in my church home and to be valued and accepted, among my church family.
I want programs that meet the needs of all church members.
I believe in supporting the man of God, as the Bible says. I would like my pastor to have his needs met. But I will not "prostitute" myself for any man to have an extravagant and lavish lifestyle, especially while there are so many suffering people right in the church.
I want my church to be concerned with my community's issues and to participate in the community where I live.
I want my voice to be heard and to know that what I think and feel will be heard and considered, as well as the will of the people to be heard and responded to.
Just as God gives me choices, I want to have a choice in what I participate in as well as what I choose to give or not to give, and not be dictated to or controlled.
I expect the money I give to be used for church purposes, church programs, and to benefit church members.
Since my pastor will have to give an account to God for leading me, I want my pastor to be a shepherd, to me personally and concerned for my spiritual walk.
I want to feel like I can go to my pastor and freely express my opinions and not be ostracized. And when I take a concern or a specific issue to the pastor, I do not expect to be subjected to having him "preach a response" to me from the pulpit, to the congregation. Since I went to him with an issue, he should be courageous enough to respond to me, directly.
Throughout my Christian walk, I have had wonderful church experiences with loving congregations and pastors who were true shepherds and guided me through my valleys and victories. I have been blessed. I want to continue these types of experiences for the rest of my life. Everyone deserves to have a good church experience.
I have also had some not so good church experiences and pastors who were self serving and dictatorial. Needless to say, I'm no longer at those churches. The blood is on the hands of those pastors who run members away from the church because they are not shepherds to the people they serve. May God help them!
I have listed the reasons why I go to church. Why do you go to church?