Is it Appropriate to Drink Coffee During a Church Service?

“A post by Pastor John Piper of Minnesota on Saturday, Sept. 30, has sparked a heated debate about the appropriateness of drinking coffee during Sunday church services.

‘Can we reassess whether Sunday coffee-sipping in the sanctuary fits?’ asked Piper on X, formerly known as Twitter.”


“Americans’ membership in houses of worship continued to decline last year, dropping below 50% for the first time in Gallup’s eight-decade trend. In 2020, 47% of Americans said they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque, down from 50% in 2018 and 70% in 1999.”


The decline in evangelical church membership can be attributed in large part to evangelicals’ obsession with conspiracy theories and avoidance of the crucial issues of climate change, racism and the rights of sexual and religious minorities. Is it any wonder that Gen Zers are deserting the churches of their parents and grandparents?

Evangelicals fail to address the existential threats of our generation; they’d rather opine as to the appropriateness of drinking coffee during Sunday church services.

Let me put in my two cents worth, and declare that drinking coffee during a church service is appropriate and indeed necessary, for the following reasons:

Too many pastors are enamored with the sound of their own voices and they drone on and on, oblivious to the fact that many congregants are dozing off. A strong cup of joe is vital for keeping awake during a long church service.

Pastors not only take an offering during every church service, but they also plead for donations for various causes: church building fund, missionary support … It’s a nice when a church gives you something, even if it’s just a cup of Java, instead of constantly begging for support.

Most people associate drinking coffee with pleasant activities like enjoying a delicious breakfast or taking a coffee break during a tedious work day. Sipping coffee during a pastor’s sermon might improve peoples attitude toward attending a church service.

Bottom line: it’s always a good thing to drink coffee, anytime and anywhere.