So, Where is Your Church?

How many times have you been asked, “Where is your church?” I know I hear that question all the time. Just yesterday when someone found out I was a minister, they said, “So where is your church?”

But church isn’t about a location.

So many of us associate the church with a place and not a group of people. There is actually so much more to church than what takes place for an hour every Sunday. So many think church is something you only do on Sunday. To them doing church consists of attending, singing, praying, assembling, giving, communing and preaching.

But church is so much more. Church happens seven days a week, not just Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Wednesday night. Church is not where, but who. So where is my church? The church where I preach is everywhere. Here are a few places my church is this morning…

  • My church is teaching a classroom full of students this morning.
  • My church is admitting people to the local hospital.
  • My church is caring for sick people.
  • My church is having a conversation over a cup of coffee.
  • My church is driving a tractor.
  • My church is changing a tire.
  • My church is selling home supplies, lumber, furniture and food.
  • My church is at home raising her family.
  • My church is waiting on me to get to the office, so I will do the bulletin. :)

Now periodically we all get together at a building on 2nd street, but most of the time you’ll find us out in the community.

I wish every Christian could begin to view the church differently – as God’s people who are everywhere doing the mission of Jesus, not just at a location on Sunday morning. If someone asks you, “Where’s your church?”, why not take that opportunity to help them view the church as people instead of a place? Of course, after a lengthy description of where your people are at any given time, you can always tell them that “periodically, we get together at a building on _________ street, but most of the time you’ll find us out in the community.”

So tell me, where is your church today?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Trey Morgan says:

    Funny, I Googled the word “church” to get a picture for this post today. It just so happened that Google pulled up a billion pictures of … “church buildings” and no people.

  2. Todd Steele says:

    Our preacher told a story once about a conversation He was having about steeples with his 6 yo son. Our church doesn’t have one and He was noticing the very tall steeples on the churches around the county. He asked his father why they were so tall and was told that it was a way for people to find the church if they were new in town. He went on to explain that the people are the ones that make up the church, to which the 6 yo replied “So, the people is our steeple?”. That’s pretty intuitive insight from a young’un.

    Todd S

  3. Glenna Garcia says:

    I was slammed just the other day for being a fake christian, for going to “church” all the time and not living in a “Godly” manner by not allowing someone in my home who curses God and my family. The remarks were so severe I feared for my life and let the police know. I have struggled with this person for 2 years and have prayed that God would give me the wisdom on how to deal with this person. I felt guilty many times but after the other day I feel that was my answer from God, maybe.? After reading this, my church is my home, my family, my grandchildren, my church family. It is everywhere I go. And yes my church building, when it is full. I am blessed.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Glenna … I’ve found that people who are eaten up by the guilt of sin in their own lives, and often trying to make themselves feel better about their own lifestyle, will come down hard on Christians. If there’s anybody who’s NOT fake, it’d be you girl. Love ya and praying for ya.

  4. Steve Gauntt says:

    For about an hour this morning, part of my church was meeting in a classroom at the building talking about really being the church and our responsibility to take the good news to the poor. Which naturally led to a discussion of how we can go out into the cummunity in real, effective ways.
    It is awesome when a group of ladies begins to get a new sense of what they can be doing in their retirement years to be a part of growing the kingdom of God.

    Still hoping that my church gets a chance to hang out with your church some Friday soon…

  5. Stachia says:

    My church is in this town, in Honduras in the dump ground, at Casa playing with the kids, in a hospital waiting room, at my job, in line at the bank, and at the building on 2nd street.

  6. Katherine says:

    You know how I feel about this…so this gets a very hearty AMEN!! Preach on brother :)

    I still love the old AVB song where at the beginning the father and son are talking, and the son says “But dad, we can’t go to Church”, the dad replies “Why not, son?”, to which the son answers, “Because we arrrrre the Church”! :)

    My church is at the orphanage on Friday mornings loving on abandoned children! My church is found showing love through simple ways like a smile, opening a door, letting someone else go first, giving an encouraging word or hand to hold. It is found wherever Jesus is & He is all around!!

  7. YuVonna says:

    Amen, Trey, amen. The people that have been going in and out our door for months aren’t sitting in a pew at that moment but they are the church.

  8. vanilla says:

    This is just a great post. It would be great if every member of the Body of Christ could read.

  9. Marilyn says:

    Excellent! This is a huge transition in thinking that it seems to be taking a long time for people to get their heads around. I think the comfort of having our faith identity tied up with either a building or big name church is hard to part with.

  10. Marilyn says:

    Oh, I meant to add….in the last couple of years I have been caregiving in different ways, accompanying a leukemia patient for treatments and tending to an aging parent. I am happy to do it and am well-placed, but the time involved means I am NOT teaching a class, leading a small group, doing Awana, etc., etc. Still I think it’s the church at work and the times people have mentioned my ‘withdrawal from ministry’ have been hard to take.

  11. Megan says:

    Great post. I enjoy all of them, but this one was such an eye opener. It is important to remember that the church is seen by all and it is important to act like the church even when not in the building. Thanks for the reminder.

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