Want your church to grow?

I just read this article from ChristianToday.com:

Want your church to grow? Then it’s time to surprise people…

I thought this quote was particularly interesting.

Let’s be clear and honest with ourselves. Most of our friends and colleagues have no idea about how great our churches are. How surprised they would actually be by some of the small, but important things on offer.

A warm welcome. A decent cup of coffee. A chat with normal, nice people from all walks of life (who may or may not be wearing sandals). We have music which might confound expectations. We look out for each other’s wellbeing in a way which is profoundly counter-cultural. Far from being cold, boring and out of touch, we offer the chance to be part of an institution which cares about its local community, and ultimately, an opportunity to experience the love of God.

We need to do a better job telling our story.  

We need to sell ourselves, our experience and our God. 

I think, as a whole, we’ve been doing a poor job of that.

It’s time to reevaluate our plan.

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I ❤️ My Church

I’ve seen a couple different churches running “I ❤️ My Church” campaigns recently.

At first I didn’t think much of it, but this morning the genius of it hit me.

Not only does it give members a way to outwardly express their love of the church and share it with others, but it also reminds them that they love their church.

I think a similar campaign could be really successful at any church. 

It could help promote pride in the church and their accomplishments.

It could lead to increased participation and buy-in.

And, it could lead to more members inviting their friends.

It really is a genius campaign.

It calls your church members to be ambassadors, while echoing the great commission. 

Genius.

Do you love your church?

A Quid Pro Quo

We have a great church family. 

They have been preparing meals for us since Daniel’s arrival. 

It’s been a huge help to not have to think about dinner. But, something occurred to me yesterday. Maybe there’s something more to this meal prep. 

Maybe it’s not really about helping us out. 

Maybe it’s just about seeing the baby.

You see, preparing food gives you a first class ticket into our home where you can see and possibly hold the baby. 

I don’t know why I didn’t realize this before. It’s an obvious ploy.*

I mean, would you really prepare a meal for someone just out of the goodness of your heart? Come on. Who’s that nice?

I’m glad I finally figured it out. Now we can call it what it really is: a quid pro quo. We give you access to the baby, you give us food. It’s that simple.

Now, I wonder if there’s a way to keep this free food thing going…

Do we need to have another baby?

*This is just a joke. I know people want to help out of the goodness of their hearts. A big thank you to everyone who has provided meals. We love you.

Non-believers and a bad taste in my mouth

I’ve been thinking…

Should we use terms like non-believers, unbelievers, etc to describe people who don’t profess some form of the “Christian” faith?

As a Christian, I’m guilty of using those terms. They are hard to avoid. But, I’ve noticed lately that they are starting to leave a bad taste in my mouth.

In truth, Christian or not, don’t we all fall in to the category of un/non-believer at some time or another? Don’t we all doubt? Don’t we all struggle? Don’t we all fall short of what we can/should be?

I think it’s time to stop using labels like these, and begin focusing on our commonalities.

What if a “church” service was attractive to everyone because the focus was our common experiences, and not things that set us apart? What if “church” was for the doubters, those who are hurting, those who struggle, those who fall short of what they know they can be?

I think it could be pretty powerful.