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?