Churches can be really insular places.
It’s counter intuitive to say the least. Churches should be one of the most loving, welcoming places in the world. But we all know that often that isn’t’ the case. There are so many reasons why church isn’t welcoming and we’re not going to fix them here. We’re not addressing structure here.
We’re addressing you.
There’s a strong perception with people I know who don’t attend church that churches are harsh spaces filled with judgment and cliques.
This week we’re going to work on that.
This week talk to a co-worker, neighbour, etc. you’ve never had a real conversation with before. Try to speak with them more than once. Go outside the norm of your relationships. Go outside the church.
You’d be surprised how many people don’t know a Christian or even worse don’t know a Christian they like. The only Christians they know are ones they want nothing to do with and we know all the reasons why.
No more cliques, no more inward focus, no more rampant judgement.
Love and grace will be our mark.
We will be transparent and honest.
We aren’t perfect and we won’t pretend to be, or have the answer to make them perfect.
We will connect with people where they are.
People will know us by our love.
So go connect in some new relationships. It’s very possible you’re the first loving Christian they’ve ever meet.