Proably not good to think outloud…or blog out lo…

Proably not good to think outloud…or blog out loud…or whatever. Over the past few weeks I’ve been trying to understand why people don’t go to church. My thoughts weren’t so much about the people who don’t know Christ, but rather those who do and say they love him. It is interesting to me on why some don’t come.

I don’t want to judge their commitment to Christ. I just long to understand. The book “The Shapping of Things to Come” have some interesting comments about church following an “attactional” model. They say that is not biblical. I must admit, it is easy to fall into an attractional model. We try to figure out what would cause people to come…things like updated music, better musicians, more programs, a more inviting ‘space’ and then try to do things to attract people.

However, I wonder, for those of us who consider ourselves strong Christians and know that Jesus makes a difference in how we live from day to day, are the ‘attractional’ things what make us want to come to church, or is there something deeper. I believe there is something deeper. The authors of the book I’m ready say that the church needs to go into the community and be missional rather than being attracting.

I can see their point. While I’ve heard and have even said, that you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian (after all, it is what you do with Jesus), yet, I can’t help but wonder about those who have been touched by God’s grace through Jesus and who decide not to support the church. Yes, some might bring up that it is more imporant to be in ministry, but I wonder if those making this argument are in any type of ministry.

Success

This article (http://www.theofframp.org/emerging.html)encourages me. I’ve been thinking along these lines for quite a while. However, I’ve felt like I was “odd” as far as the pastorate was concerned. I felt that if I wasn’t part of the ‘church growth’ group or the ‘saddleback’ group or the ‘willow creek’ group, then I wasn’t being faithful, or successful or whatever. In the past six months I have had a transformation. I’m realizing that I can trust God. That God is able to lead me and (on my good days) I am able to follow. I’m learning that I should not feel guilty if I’m following God’s vision…even if that vision doesn’t fit in the current ‘group think’ of church leadership.

This article helps me to redifine where God has been leading me. – Dave.