Lots of people could benefit from going to church, but they’re put off by the idea of church itself. This includes people who have never been to church and those who used to go but have fallen out of the habit.
Church offers three of the things people in our society are crying out for most: spirituality, community and guidance on how to live a good life. If you’re reading this, it’s likely you’re looking for these things too. But you’re not convinced you’ll find them at church.
It’s true that many churches fail to communicate what church is really about and in doing so give people the wrong idea. Here are some of the common objections people have.
1. “I’m not sure I’m good enough”
Many people feel like they need to be perfect before they can go to church. Inevitably, they never get to the point where they feel like they’re good enough to call themselves a Christian. This is sad because Jesus accepted people no matter where they were in life, and the church should do the same. If a church doesn’t accept you because of what you’ve done in your life, they aren’t really following Jesus.
2. “I don’t have enough faith”
Just as people believe they need to be morally perfect before they can go to church, lots of people think they need to have unshakeable faith to go to church. You can only start where you are right now.
We all have doubts and we all sin. The important thing is that you want to grow your faith. A church shouldn’t make you feel guilty for having questions or doubts.
3. “I had a bad experience the last time I went to church”
Often a single bad experience can put people off church for the rest of their lives. It’s important to remember that churches are just like any other organisation in that they’re made up of people who are flawed. You shouldn’t let one bad experience deprive you of something that could improve your life.
4. “I’m nervous about attending a new church”
It’s understandable to feel nervous about joining a new group, especially if you expect them to be judgemental. A church should be friendly and welcoming towards new people and accept them as they are. New churchgoers shouldn’t feel like they’re being interrogated, and they shouldn’t be overwhelmed by pressure to get involved in lots of activities right away.
5. “I can be spiritual on my own. I don’t need church.”
While people can be spiritual on their own there is great power in being part of a supportive community. Joining a church can be like having a new family who will watch out for you and support you no matter what happens.
About Faithworks Centre
Faithworks Centre is located on Loyalist Road, just a 15 minute drive from Charlottetown, PEI. The church is led by Pastor Bill Arsenault and is dedicated to transforming people and society in a positive way.
The church is attended by people of all ages from all walks of life who meet together to grow in their faith and deepen their relationship with Jesus.
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