I’m immediately drawn in by this kind of humble, open assessment I read recently:
In my former life as a pastor, I was a dispenser of comfortable Christianity. I took on the job of creating a “conducive environment” for worship. What this really meant was making a worship event cushy enough that people would want to come and then come back: comfortable seats, coffee, pleasing worship music, and a sermon that holds attention. Unfortunately, regularly attending a comfortable worship event has become the primary marker of what it means to be a Christian today. – Roger Thoman
Thoman continues by enjoining Christians to “replace ‘come-structures’ with go-structures.’” We shouldn’t be focusing most of our Christianity within the walls of the church edifice, inviting others to come see us.
Following Thoman’s words, a writer dubbed “Hamo” wrapped this up and put it in a little box to give to all who will hear:
If Jesus were alive today and His mission were still to seek out and save the lost . . .
Would He hire a building, set up a sound system, develop a music team, drama team, and then do local letterbox drops advising people that they could come and be part of His church on Sunday?
. . .
Little Bo Peep evangelism (leave ‘em alone and they’ll come home) is fast running out of steam…
And, for my part, I consider Thoman and Hamo and think something between “Yes” and “Yeah!”
But then I don’t do a thing about what I think.
I think I need to take some action.