I have known to speak my opinion without hesitation (Surprise!). I also have some deep convictions about what happens on a Sunday. One of those convictions deals with church attendance and how people rarely have a good reason to skip worshipping the God they claim to follow.
A second conviction deals with meetings of any kind on a Sunday. I will define a meeting as a gathering of more than two individuals with an agenda that calls for at least one decision.
Please understand that I have facilitated meetings on Sunday many times over the past seventeen years, but I would like to suggest three reasons why churches should avoid business on Sunday.
1. Sunday is set apart as a day to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I could give you many verses that speak directly to this point, but I would like you to think about the items in your life that are set apart for specific purposes. For example, my running shoes are only worn for running distance. My swim goggles are used only when swimming laps. My table saw is used only for cutting wood. I don’t dry laundry in the washer. There are many facets of our lives that are set apart for specific purposes and we would never think to compromise those purposes. The same principle is true regarding Sunday.
Many Christians do not actually believe this to be true. People who claim to follow Jesus are guilty of prioritizing birthday parties, sporting events, sleeping in, catching up on chores/errands, and many other things before worshipping God. It has been stated that 36 weekends a year is regular church attendance.
This number saddens me because the decay of our country parallels the decay of Sunday.
2. Decision-making meetings on a Sunday distracts at least one individual from giving God maximum glory during worship.
If you have ever facilitated a meeting on Sunday, you know what I’m talking about. I have facilitated meeting before a worship service, after a worship service and in the evening of the worship service. From personal experience, all of them have negative aspects. However, if Sunday is the only meeting option, I suggest an evening meeting. The original design for a day is found in Genesis 1; “The evening and the morning were the first day.” The suggested could be supported that a Sunday evening meeting is no longer Sunday.
A meeting before the worship service distracts people because of emotions that might arise during the meeting. This happens in churches all time; you might have experienced this. People also have the “I should have said this” thoughts after meetings.
It is very difficult to give God maximum when your emotions are still in the decision-making meeting that happens a short time before the worship service.
3. Bad decision-making meetings often prohibit people from worshipping long-term in the same space.
I have been involved with numerous funerals throughout the years. I remember what particular funeral when the family chose to have the service at the funeral home rather than our church. Their reason was because they didn’t want to come to worship God and see the casket at the front of the auditorium every week. It would be a distraction from giving God maximum glory.
I remember a really bad decision-making meeting in the auditorium. At least one family left the church because of that meeting. Their reason was because they didn’t want to re-live that meeting while they were trying to worship God.
Do you see the parallel? All of us have moments when our memory prohibits God from getting maximum glory.
I would like to challenge your Sunday decision-making meetings. Who gets maximum glory while you conduct the business of your church on a Sunday? Is Sunday set apart for worshipping and celebrating God? What blessings might your church be missing out on?
Think about it!