You glance up at the clock. It hasn’t budged for what seems like 10 minutes. You scribble on the church program and try to pay attention to the pastor’s words, but lately church has been nothing but boring. You don’t want to feel that way—but you do.
The church of Christ is not a building, but a group of believers. Though we all believe in the same God and the principles He has outlined for our lives, we’re still fallen humans! As such, our nature resists God’s Word and the community in which He intends us to engage.
If you’re struggling with church boredom, implement some of these suggestions.
1. Prepare Your Heart.
We don’t go to church just to “make an appearance”—at least, we shouldn’t. Church should be a place of solid biblical teaching, encouragement from fellow believers and an opportunity to serve those who share our faith (if this doesn’t sound like the church you’re in, read this post).
Just as we prepare our hearts to study the Word in personal devotions, we should prepare our hearts before going to church. This keeps our mind focused on worship rather than on how soon we hope the service will end. Pray for a teachable and receptive heart as you head to the service.
2. Take Notes.
Retention, retention, retention. As a college counselor, I continually encourage students to take notes so they retain what their teachers tell them. The same goes for a sermon at church! Taking notes not only trains your mind to remember what was discussed, but also keeps your attention during the service (which makes time pass faster, if you’re concerned about that).
Make notes of specific verses and passages, outline the points shared by the pastor, and add your own insights and thoughts to refer to at a later date.
3. Think About the Words.
It’s easy to zone out during the praise and worship part of the service, especially if you know all the songs. Instead, think about the words you’re singing. Think about their spiritual application and the fact that you are singing these words to God. Mindlessly repeating words, even to music, is an unhealthy habit because the words we say matter immensely to the Lord. Think about what you’re singing and engage with the song as you sing it.
4. Invest Yourself.
Finally, invest yourself in your church. The church doesn’t exist to please us or make us happy; it’s a place to be equipped as a Christian so we can effectively witness in the world. Part of that equipping is training in service. Find a place to serve in your church and community. Invest yourself in the people around you. This is the first key to getting rid of boredom of any kind, because you cannot be actively helping others and bored at the same time.
What helps you stay focused in church? Comment below!