From the Pastor: The Importance of the Church Photo Directory



Do you like to have your photo taken?

I don’t know about you, but I am not a big fan of having my picture taken.  I’d rather be the one behind the camera instead of the one in front of the camera.  This means I’m not a huge “selfie” fan, either.

But one photo I do get excited for is the church photo directory.  Yes, it sounds geeky, I know.  I am weird like that! But, this is a chance every few years to see who is in our church and to connect faces with names—especially for those new(er) to our church. And that is exciting!

For Christians, the Bible is our most important book.  But I consider the church photo directory the second-most useful book for a Christian—even among some great Christian classics.

Before you sigh and roll your eyes and run off to read something else, please give me a moment more of your time.

Christians aren’t isolated lone-rangers on a journey to heaven. Rather, we are all members of His body (1 Cor. 12:27), children in His family (1 John 3:1-2), and sheep of His flock (John 16:10). These descriptions show that God intends Christians to be part of a tight-knit community.

One day that entire worldwide community will be together in heaven with Jesus (Rev. 5:9-147:9-17), but for now we gather together in local churches. These churches are assemblies of believers who regularly gather to worship Jesus and foster relationships in which we help each other toward heaven. Consider these verses:

Exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Heb. 3:13)

Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Heb. 10:24–25)

These verses highlight the kind of relationships formed in a local church like TVBC. We aren’t a social club that gets together for sweet tea and chitchat. We are in a spiritual battle awaiting our Savior’s return.

So what does this have to do with a church photo directory?

I believe it is the second-most important book you own because it keeps before your eyes the brothers and sisters you’re responsible to help to heaven. God has called you to help specific brothers and sisters fight against sin. He’s called you to stir up particular people to love and good works. He’s called you to encourage certain people every day until it is no longer called today.

So, as you take your photo on Sunday or Monday, smile big and enjoy the moment! Create memories with your family that will last.

And, remember, too, that as you take this photo, this directory is a practical tool to aid in prayer, soul care, and encouragement one to another in our church.

In Christ,