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Where You Sit in Church Says a Lot About You

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


Have you ever wondered why you pay good money for front row seats at a play, concert or sporting event, but you prefer to sit in the back when you go to church? Why do some people prefer to sit up front while others are more comfortable sitting somewhere in the middle? Why do some people favor the right side of the church rather the left side?

Some people believe where a person sits in the church has a lot to do with the following:

  • their relationship with God
  • their relationship with other worshipers
  • their relationship with the preacher

Front of the Church

Those who sit up front near the pulpit because they won't be easily distracted by those who come to church late and those who leave early.

Sitting up front is usually a sign of eagerness, excitement and wanting to be an integral part of the service. People who sit near the front can hear clearly every word that comes from the mouth of the preacher. They see less and hear more when they sit near the front because there are fewer distractions.

People who sit near the front seem to be more focused and better able to engage in worship. They can absorb the message better without distractions.

People who sit up front are more likely to pay attention.

Middle of the Church

Those who sit in the middle are those who just like to blend in. They don't want to sit up front, and they don't want to be in the back. They just want to be in the middle of things.

Back of the Church

People who sit in the back are considered spectators rather than energetic participants in the worship experience. However, there are good reasons for some people to sit in the back. They might have a fidgety baby and don't want to disturb other worshippers. They might have a bladder problem and want to sit where they can slip out quietly if they have to.


Why People Sit in Same Seat

Some people wear the same old robe and broken in shoes because they are comfortable. For the same reason, some people feel safe and secure by occupying the same seat in church.

Once a person finds a particular seat, he tends to sit there whether it is in the front, middle or back of the church. Some people favor the left side of the pulpit while some favor the right side. It boils down to personal preference where a person sits in a church.


PST JOHN on February 11, 2020:

Thank you very much servant of God

Iam encouraged alot and got some knowledge.

My question is.

What About Pastors seat Arrangement...Ist wrong to seat behind the pulpit?

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on November 07, 2019:

I had a pastor who said those who sit in the back are hiding from God or feel they are not worthy to come close. I missed a lot of drama that took place behind me.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on November 07, 2019:

Good for you, Cheryl.

Farrah, that's OK that you don't agree with what I wrote. You should know that I did not have you in mind when I wrote the article. The information is based on general knowledge and no one in particular.

Farrah Young from Lagos, Nigeria on November 07, 2019:

I don't quite agree with his analysis as I love to sit in the middle, but still love to hear the sermon and participate actively in the activities for the day.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on November 07, 2019:

I sit in the front for all the reasons you mention, Geat article, You have excellent discernment.

Chanel marimuthu on September 06, 2019:

I normally sit in the middle of row in church with my mom week after week after week it's been 4 years we've been sitting in the same spot for church I told her to move to a another seat in church but she refused and we sometimes sit in a different spot when we come late to church we normally either sit on the left side of the church.

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on July 06, 2019:

Nigerian (west, south, east, middle belt where Christians in Nigeria reside mostly) believers love to sit at the middle...It usually amazes me.

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