Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own church bubbles, that we miss how uncomfortable we sometimes make it for visitors.
I recently viewed a short clip called “What If Starbucks Marketed Like a Church? A Parable.”
Part of the genius of this video is its setting. When elements of church life are put into a satirical coffee shop story, it suddenly becomes easier to recognize those awkward moments in our own churches. Read more
Author Shane Claiborne has said: “The church is like Noah’s ark. It stinks, but if you get out of it, you’ll drown.”
Simply put, church can get messy. And, that’s probably part of the reason why I’ve heard many of my fellow millennials make excuses for avoiding church—“I’m too busy,” “I’ve been hurt by other Christians,” “churches are full of judgmental people,” “people are hypocrites or insincere,” etc. Read more
One time as I ate my McDonald’s fries, my dad ran into an old friend. Somehow the conversation progressed to the topic of why this friend no longer went to church.
“I still read my Bible, “ he said. “I just don’t think I really need church anymore.”
Before getting in our car, my dad left him with a passage he wanted him to think about: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Heb. 10:24–25).
I don’t know whatever happened regarding the church attendance of my dad’s friend, but that day I stopped and considered the importance of church.
Does it really matter? Can’t we still love Christ without loving the church?
Many in my generation say that church isn’t important. You don’t have to look far to see that millennials and churches don’t always see eye to eye. Barna wrote an informative article on this topic called “Six Reasons Young People Leave the Church.”
But it is not just millennnials who struggle with church attendance. Many older people, like my dad’s friend, do as well.
This week I am taking a brief look on my blog at the importance of attending a church as well as a few ways that churches can be more welcoming of visitors.