Why do you thank God for your church family? I want those who read this to leave a comment. Why? Because if you take the time to think and type out what you love about your church it will increase your love for your church and your gratitude to our Father in heaven. Those are good things! The local church is the most important institution on planet earth at this time. It is the visible expression of the Universal Church made up of all who are truly united to our Lord Jesus Christ.