I read an interesting blog by Jon Acuff where he discussed the topic of people taking church off for the summer. While I don’t think a lot of people take church off for the entire summer, many certainly attend less regularly than they do during the rest of the year.
Acuff gives many reasons for this in his blog. I guess what I want to discuss are the reasons you should not skip church when you are on vacation. With the internet, you have at your fingertips a vast amount of information to help you pick a church to attend even when you are away from home. Knowing you will only attend that church while you are on vacation, you can pick a place that is very similar to where you worship – or very different. We have attended much larger churches from very different denominational backgrounds to very small churches. It’s exciting to try something different from the ordinary.
Reasons you should attend church when you are away from home:
- It shows your family that church is a priority. When we have traveled, we always try to find a place to worship. If I believe attending church is important at home, why wouldn’t it be important when I am traveling?
- You can find some neat ideas to try at your church at home. Several times I have seen how another church does something and then sought to try the same thing in our home church. I know this is easier to do if you are one of the pastors, but bring an idea to your pastor. Tell them what you liked and why you liked it.
- You come to a realization that how your church does something may be all right. Just like bringing new ideas home, realizing that your church is doing things ok is a good take away as well. I have left for vacation somewhat frustrated with an aspect of our church. When I visit another church, I realize that perhaps how we are doing whatever it is is ok.
- You feel what it is like to be a visitor and therefore can be more visitor friendly at your home church. As I have visited churches, sometimes I am shocked at not being greeted by anyone from the time I leave my car in the parking lot until I sit down in the sanctuary. Other times I am offered a genuine smile and friendly handshake and I know that people care that I am there. It makes me wonder how friendly our church is. How do we treat visitors?
- It’s fun to worship God with a different group of believers. Worship styles may vary. Sermons may be different – sometimes better, sometimes worse. The building may not be familiar. It may be a little awkward to not know anyone. BUT when you worship with another group of Christ-followers, you are worshipping the same God! That is always awesome!
What about you, do you find a church to worship in when you are on vacation? Why or why not?