Attending Church

"None of us is self-sufficient in our spiritual lives. We need God and we need each other. A lot of people go to church because they think God takes roll. For them, the important thing is to make sure their name gets checked off every Sunday on the heavenly roster. But that's not the way it works. Church is not some kind of moral obligation, some habit or tradition that is 'the right thing to do'. Church is a place where we worship God, share our faith with the community of believers, build each other up, and get empowered to go out into the world and live our faith.

Similarly, some people think of their spiritual life as if they were one person in a telephone booth, talking to God on a private line. They don't want to be bothered by the demands of 'organized religion' and don't think they need anyone else. 'Oh yeah, I'm spiritual', they say, 'I just don't like church.' To those folks I say: You cannot grow spiritually in isolation."

- Rich DeVos, Hope From My Heart: Ten Leessons for Life