A study was just released on airline passengers’ favorite seats. It seems that air-travelers prefer rows that are close to the front of the plane, and on those rows, passengers prefer window or aisle seats more than they like the middle seats, window seats being first choice if available. According to all the data, airline passengers prefer the window seat 6A the most.

As I thought about the research, I wondered if there was a favorite seat in church.  Although I have not surveyed my congregation,  I really don’t think there is a choice chair or a preferred pew. Some people like the front and others like the back. Some people sit on the left and others sit on the right. Some in the middle, while others  on the aisle.

It might not matter where we sit, but it does matter how we sit.  The psalmist says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations” (Ps 100:4-5).

So, while you can’t always sit in your favorite seat on a plane, you probably can at church. After all, every seat in church is a good seat.


John Mark Caton Ph.D