Pastor's Corner

21 Mar
religion

Mid-Week Challenge

This Sunday marks the first of two Sundays on the Christian calendar that pastors consider the Super Bowl of holidays.  Palm Sunday marks the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.  Good Friday, the Crucifixion of Jesus and Easter the Resurrection of Christ.  These events mark record attendance in churches all over the world and church leaders spend weeks in preparation for the increase in numbers.  Although the American culture is changing (Pew/Gallop and others say we are way down in religious practice) http://news.gallup.com/poll/1690/religion.aspx there is something with in most people that draws them to church on these Sunday mornings.  So if you don’t have a church, where do you go?  As a pastor I have found myself more interested in why people don’t go to church more than I’m concerned with why they go.  I have heard just about every excuse in the book but here are some of my favorites: Church lasts too long, I’m afraid of being judged, Church is boring, they only preach hell & damnation, they only want your money and my needs are not being met. 

 Over the years pastors have tried to address these issues but in actual practice I have found that the number one reason people don’t come to your church is because they don’t feel welcome.  I have found that people will forgive a poor sermon, unpopular worship music or faulty sound system but you will not get a second chance if your people are not friendly.  Normally, it is not that the people are unfriendly is that they are too comfortable with each other.  Because they attend each week, go through the same routine each week and talk to the same people each week they forget that there are those around them that don’t understand why you do what you do.  It can come across as unfriendly. 

 Over the next two weeks we should challenge ourselves to be ready to receive those that we don’t normally see each week.  Yes, the sermon should be better, the music the best possible and the coffee should flow, but make a point this Sunday to search out someone you don’t know.  If you attend a church that is the size of mine (most people do) it should be pretty easy to pick out the newbies.  Make sure they know where the things they need are located.  Most people will be looking for the bathrooms, kid’s rooms and coffee!  If they don’t feel like a stranger there is a good chance that in the future they will not be!   

 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.  Matthew 7:12

Serving the Savior

 Bro. Jonathan

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