The Ministry of Presence

Tim Challies | 9/18/2019 | Staff
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Sunday’s coming! Many of the people reading these words already know they’ll be going to church on Sunday—it’s their habit, it’s their pattern, it’s their joy, and nothing short of illness or natural disaster will hold them back. A few of the people reading these words already know they won’t be going to church this Sunday. There are some very valid reasons not to attend church on a given week, and we understand that God’s love for us does not waver when we’re sick or on the road or otherwise unable.

There are a lot of people between those two categories—people who plan to go to church on Sunday, but won’t actually get there. As they read these words, they have every intention of going. When the weekend begins, they’ll be looking forward to it. By Saturday evening they will still intend to go. If you call them they’ll say, with all honestly, they plan to be there. But they won’t have done much to prepare for it—to stop their tiring and distracting activities, to remind the family to make sure they’ve got something to wear, to get to bed at a reasonable hour, to set an alarm. By the time Sunday morning rolls around and the service begins, they will be nowhere to be seen.

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The ministry of presence is the ministry of being there—of simply gathering with the church on Sunday.

It’s these people I want to speak to—the many people who genuinely intend to get to church each week, but who fail to show. To you, I want to speak of the outsized value of the ministry of presence. The ministry of presence is the ministry of being there—of simply gathering with the church on Sunday. This may seem like a little thing, but it matters. It matters a lot....
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