I’m reading Robert Schnase’s Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. The five practices are:
- Radical Hospitality
- Passionate Worship
- Intentional Faith Development
- Risk-taking Mission and Service
- Extravagant Generosity
In Chapter 1 Schnase grounds the radical hospitality of Christians in Deuteronomy 10:19. “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (NRSV) About this, Schnase continues:
We, too, were once strangers to the faith, residing outside the community where we now find rich resources of meaning, grace, hope, friendship, and service.
I couldn’t agree more. Some of the difficulty today is, however, like the people of Israel down through the generations, we have many church members who do not themselves remember ever having been “strangers to the faith.”
How do we, as leaders in the church, lead the people of God into a constant awareness of having once been outsiders?
Bishop Schnase suggested his blog about mystery visitors. Here is the link to that post.