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This daily post is designed to help you live into our New Room Society covenant of practicing daily prayer together. Below is this week’s theme and daily practice.
Week 26: Done
What can we say, teach, think, or do about people who are saying they are “done” with the church?
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6, New International Verson (NIV)
Fed up. Tired of the drama, or abuses of power. Couldn’t find community. Felt rejected.
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of reasons people leave the church, and many of them are pretty good reasons. Of course, there are always folks looking for any excuse to remain outside a faith community (or to keep “shopping” for a better “product”), but sometimes people are genuinely looking for an authentic Jesus, and are disappointed to not find him in the faith communities where they’ve been.
Do you ever think the church has disappointed more people than it’s drawn in, loved, and healed? Perhaps it’s the perfect time for you to be called into leadership.
Sunday: Mapping the “Done” Relationships
Meet with a faith community member (or several) and let everyone make a list of all the people they know who have left the church. Share thoughts and stories about the “why” of this phenomenon, and talk about ways you might be church for some of these people.