Through some of my reading I came across an interesting article in Outreach Magazine by Dan Kimball.Â Dan is a pastor and author and has a heart to reach out to people who have yet to connect with God and the church.Â You can check out the entire article here.Â This article hits home for me because my passion is to connect with and reach the people that are the least likely to go to church and the people that seem to have been neglected by much of the church in our culture.Â Here is a summary of the article and thoughts on what I am learning:
Unchurced or de-churched people would like:
- A church that offered a continual conversation exploring issues of faith rather than a sermon with nicely wrapped conclusions.
- A church that places as much emphasis on relationships and conversations taking place during the week in smaller groups as they do on church services during the weekend.
- A church that focused less on programs and more on relationships and internal spiritual disciplines.
- A church that affirms love for all people rather than for people who think just like them.
- A church thatÂ focused onÂ the teachings of Jesus and taught about the life of Jesus.Â Most people outside the church are respectful and open to Jesus, it is people in the church they have a problem with.
- A church that simply has people that would invite them to join in the conversation.Â They want to be invited through a trusting relationship rather than through a strange encounter on the street.
I would love to hear your comments on some of these thoughts.Â Feel free to agree or disagree and offer your personal opinions on how we can relate to and connect with people that are outside the church.Â If you are someone that has yet to connect with the church, I would love to hear your comments as well.
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Let’s pray for how we can authentically, accurately, and genuinely reflect Jesus to a world that needs hope!
Most people come to faith in Christ on the arm of a trusted friend!
Part two coming NEXT TIME!