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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Life is Meaningless… or, Something Like That

Well, I jumped on the bandwagon. I’ve started reading Donald Miller’s latest book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.

It’s good.

Over the course of two relatively short lunch breaks I’m 70 pages into the 250 page book.

It’s kind of a funny book.  It’s a story about a guy trying to tell a story. Obviously there’s a little more to it than that but that’s the basic premise.

It’s a book about story.

As I was reading today I came across a passage in the book that I wanted to share.  I thought it was kind of interesting so here it is.

I wonder then, if when people say life is meaningless, what they really mean is their lives are meaningless. I wonder if they’ve chosen to believe their whole existence is unremarkable, and are projecting their dreary life on the rest of us.

It’s an interesting point to ponder.

Do the people who think life is meaningless really just lead unremarkable lives?

I realize this is probably a gross over-generalization; but if he’s right, Christians like me need to address the”life is meaningless” people from a different perspective. We need to help them live remarkable lives.

We need to help them live better stories.

We need to show them that there are better stories out there to live.