Does a traditional church schedule work?

As an insider to church life for nearly 20 years, I have primarily served churches that had the following schedule: Sunday School, Morning Worship, Evening Worship, and Wednesday Prayer Meeting.  I heard preachers for years condemn those who didn’t attend all of these. Why do pastors hold fast to the traditional schedule?

Some pastors want the preaching time. They think that everyone is as excited to hear them as they are to preach. The pastor’s salary wouldn’t be justified if he didn’t preach 3 sermons per week, right? The man’s gotta earn his keep😂. Let me assure you that he does😀.

Some are afraid they might get fired. People will die on the hill of this schedule for some strange reason. The book of Acts said they met daily from house to house. Do you know why? Because the church is the body of Christ not a meeting. We are called to meet, but Scripture does not prescribe the method to which many pastors and church members would give their lives. So why do so many people sacrifice themselves on this hill, especially when many of them don’t even attend evening services? Is it possible for a church to accomplish its biblical purpose with a different schedule? I say they can. I’ve seen it.

Many churches have cut back their schedule with pathetic results. I will agree. Lots of churches still hold this traditional schedule but accomplish nothing. Why is that? They are off focus. Their goal is not making disciples. Our church has a solid worship service on Sunday morning, connection groups through the week, and a culture that makes disciples. I’ve seen us do more with fewer meetings than most churches that think that more meetings is what we are supposed to do.

The truth is that believers are the church. Wherever believers are meeting, God’s purpose can be accomplished. I have seen it on a casual basis such as a lunch meeting. Before you go criticizing other churches for having small groups or no Sunday night service (which hasn’t always existed), look at your own church and see if you have people who are on fire for Christ who are making disciples who are making other disciples. If all you have is a bunch of faithful church attenders who look the part and know what to criticize, you may want to reconsider your strategy.

2 thoughts on “Does a traditional church schedule work?

  1. Hello Matthew. I love that you are boldly writing of such things as an insider within our worldly church system.

    This will shock many who are blinded by the way our Laodicean church functions today, but our methods are highly unscriptural. Jesus did not receive a salary for ministering the word, and neither did those who ministered the word in Book of Acts. Instead, they trusted Jehovah Jireh to provide for them. The Scriptures show that God did this both supernaturally (e.g. the feeding of the five and four thousand, Jesus and Peter paying the temple tax with a coin found in a fish, etc.) and naturally. Regarding the latter, Luke recorded that “women were helping to support them [Jesus and His disciples as they traveled about] out of their own means.” (8:1-3)

    We must truly take to heart our Lord’s words about this: “You cannot serve both God and Money. Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear… O you of little faith! For the pagans run after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them.” (Matt. 6:24b-25; 32).

    Judgment falls first in the Church, and a great shaking is coming to purify Christ’s Bride – to separate the Philadelphian overcomers of Revelation Chs. 2-3 from the lukewarm Laodiceans. Christ Himself promises those of Philadelphian character who suffer persecution at the hands of those playing church (the “synagogue of Satan”) that He will rescue them “from the hour of trial [the great trubulation] which is going to come upon the whole world to test hose who live on the earth. I am coming soon.” (Rev. 3:10-11).

  2. Long ago, the church sends missionaries to spread their messages from place to place, and from house to house … Today, it is rarely done as most people are expected to attend the Mass and other church events.

    I remembered back then, when I was a kid, the English priest who came to our village take much of his days (every week) to make sure that he meets and visits all the villagers at their home from morning till late evening even. When he came for the visit, we all know when he comes because he will announce and made plan of his coming. The family are overly excited of his visits and the women in the family would prepare lunch or dinner, sometimes preparing coffee or tea with biscuits or cookies and bowls of fruits.

    Children would’ve gather together in the living room for him and we will greet, praying and talking into long hours of conversation with the priest. We were happy the least to know that our old Father John, was a very brilliant, gentle soul and funny man.

    He always said to us kids that, to remind us that he was never born a priest, neither is he a man of God, but he had made that choice to be ONE, because of his belief and faith in the Lord. He told us that as a man of God, he never force people to come to the church and he always said that even Jesus comes to the house of the sinners to meet them, and not waiting there at the Temple for anyone to come.

    Thank you for sharing your story, Matthew!
    God Bless you!

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