My New Bi-Weekly Newspaper Column


I get to write a “Faith” article, (or whatever I want), every other week for our local paper, The Johnson City  Record Courier…and I don’t have to pay for it. (I told you that every door is opening in Johnson City for me.) It’s a local broadsheet that covers all the local news—and a must-read for anyone who lives in Johnson City. My hope is that people will read it and want to visit our fellowship, Community Church of the Hills. Maybe you will, too. The column will be called “Pastor’s P.O.V.”


5 Reasons for NOT Going to Church
By Pastor Steve Sanchez

People gave five reasons for not going to church according to a recent survey I read. For the most part, I have heard these given at one time or another. When I was a drug addict, con artist and general ne’er-do-well, these were my reasons, too, plus many more. Now, as the new pastor of Community Church of the Hills here in Johnson City, I wanted to address each reason and perhaps convince you to give “goin’ to church” one more chance. If you don’t know of a good church near you, I may have a suggestion. What do ya say?

Reason #1: The Church is Irrelevant: As a non-denominational, non-Pentecostal Christian fellowship we are committed to expository preaching, that is, teaching the Bible, verse-by-verse, in a way that is practical, relatable and understandable to today’s culture. God’s Word speaks to every circumstance of life and we’ll prove it to you!

Reason #2: The Leaders are Hypocritical: I’m the pastor and admit that I am indeed a hypocrite, because I’m not perfect. And neither are you. Let’s meet up! Call me at 830.868.7667 or email me:

Reason #3: God is Missing in the Church: If you’d like to experience God in a growing church that has Christ-exalting contemporary worship music mixed with traditional hymns, Communion every week, and a thirty minute message, then we invite you to come as you are, dressed as you are, to our ninety minute service. You will see that God’s not missing! (And, He’s very different than what you’ve seen on the Internet or TV.

Reason #4: Legitimate Doubt is Forbidden: Please come with all your questions, reservations, doubts, misgivings and unbelief. (You can even be downright antagonistic if you want.) Hey! I had the same suspicions you had at one time. I may not be able to answer all your questions, but I’ll sure as heck try. Besides, it’s fun to play “Stump the Pastor.”

Reason #5: There’s No Genuine Community: We’re an imperfect, loving community striving to follow Jesus daily. Our goals are to love God, love people and serve the world. There’s no safer place to bring your problems and burdens so we can listen and pray for you, even offer practical help, like we also do within the community. Children are, of course, always welcome in our Children’s Church.

So what do think? Did I answer your objections? Good. We’ll see you this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Just go down Hwy 290 toward Fredericksburg 2 ½ miles and there we are: 212 Klett Ranch Rd. Johnson City.


  1. Pastor Steve,

    Best wishes for the transformation of “Hope Chapel” into Community Church of the Hills! Appreciate your evangelism focus and willingness to share with your blog!


  2. Great job Steve! It is simple and to the point, without knocking them in the head. May God bless you and your family!

  3. Not bad nice to see an open door for you in a local paper. Even though I am Pentecostal, an open hand issue, I know we can agree on the core teachings of the Bible. God has certainly used you over the years in the same way my church believes in “Knowing Christ and Making Him Known.”

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