“Do you have a good church home?” is the favorite question of a very dear friend of mine. This question has deeply affected the way I think about church growth and evangelism.
There have been times in the past when I invited people to church with some hesitancy. Congregations are not always the ideal place into which to invite someone new. They (congregations) are, after all, made up of humans. Many are dysfunctional; some overly and overtly so.
Pleasant though the thought of having the ideal church to which to invite others might be, it is utopian and likely a contributor towards congregational decline happening all over the country.
Asking someone if they have a good church home, on the other hand, does not promise quality or deliver of services. Rather, it potentially awakens within us a desire to have a family beyond our family; a community of people with whom we can share worship and service.
I have been corresponding with a young couple I know, both of whom grew up in church. Neither, at this point, is active in a church. They do, however, live lives of service and concern for others, and both maintain an underlying regard for God.
This couple I’ve invited to find a good church home not so much because I feel like they need a church. I am eager for them to become part of a congregation because, in my view, congregations need people like them.
When you think about inviting people to church, is it because you feel like they need church, or the church needs them?