Recently I was listening to a podcast about what the church needed to do to be attractive to this generation of young adults. Listening to their tactical approach to inviting people to God’s house got me thinking about how much my church has been like a family to me.
January marks the 23rd year since I lost a bet and came to Seacoast Church for the first time. Even though I stumbled through the doors still drunk from the night before, no one asked me to leave. In fact, they invited me back. As I left that Sunday, I had such little direction in my life that someone saying, “Hope to see you next week!” was all the direction that I needed. Over time, Jesus and the relational culture of the church seeped into me, and it became family, it became home.
That’s how it should be. After all, God wrote the book on relationships and family.
“In the same way, though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other.” — Romans 12:5
“Look at how good and pleasing it is when families live together as one.” — Psalm 133:1
Do you know who also is talking about family? Everyone! This is the season for Christmas ads on TV and all your social feeds, and they are all pushing one thing – a season of community and family. It’s easy to feel lonely and lost with all those happy gatherings and cocktail parties being force-fed to you.
Interestingly, we have the solution to that loneliness. But are presenting it wrong.
The traditional push every year at this time, is to invite a colleague or friend to church on Christmas. What if we changed our tune just a bit? Instead of an invite to what they may see as a building, What if we invited that colleague or friend to family? Our flexible, forgiving, generous, grace filled, fun family. That just may change how the next generation feels about church.
We will get through this together.
In His service and at yours!