7 Church Activities That Need Reevaluation


Attending church offers wonderful opportunities to engage with a community of like-minded individuals. We enjoy events that deepen our faith, serve our neighbors, educate our children, and provide nourishing fellowship. However, it’s common to feel that some church activities are antiquated as we participate in them, whether during services or throughout the week. It’s time for change.

We should focus on eliminating activities that hinder our church’s growth and enhance those that flourish. By discarding outdated practices and embracing new ones, we can make positive changes starting today. Here are several church activities that we should reconsider.

  1. Outdated Events: Are we continuing traditions just because they have always been done, like the annual Christmas luncheon that only the pastor’s wife attends? Clinging to declining events wastes resources and stifles vibrant activities. We should evaluate traditions critically, even those decades old, while being responsive to feedback.
  2. Public Prayer Invitations: At the end of services, pastors often ask congregants needing prayer to come forward, which can be intimidating. A more discrete approach would be to have those seeking prayer remain seated, allowing prayer team members to approach them quietly. If timing is tight, designated prayer rooms could offer further privacy.
  3. Parental Recognition on Mother’s and Father’s Day: While it’s touching to acknowledge parents on these special days, such acts can inadvertently cause pain to those struggling with infertility or loss. A more inclusive approach might involve children preparing take-home crafts for their parents, avoiding public acknowledgments that can be painful.
  4. Fill-in-the-Blank Bible Studies: While these studies can be informative, they often fail to engage participants on a deeper, relational level. Moving away from rote learning to discussions that engage both intellect and emotion can foster a more meaningful connection with faith.
  5. Singles Gatherings Dominated by Non-Singles: When singles ministries are overrun by married individuals, the unique challenges and perspectives of single life are overshadowed. Ensuring these groups truly cater to singles can enhance support and fellowship appropriate to this life stage.
  6. Misaligned Outreach Efforts: Effective outreach requires a deep understanding of the community’s needs. Churches should assess these needs thoughtfully and engage congregation members who can genuinely contribute to these areas.
  7. Daytime Events for Mothers: Daytime activities often exclude working mothers. By scheduling meetings during varied hours, including after work, and providing monthly opportunities with childcare, churches can better support all mothers in their spiritual and communal lives.

Church is more than a place for Sunday worship; it’s a community hub where we connect and grow together. While many traditional activities are valuable, some may no longer serve their intended purpose and need rethinking to ensure they contribute positively to our community’s spiritual health and growth.


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