The church is (we are) too self-centered.
We want the attention. We want the traffic. We are constantly asking, “Are we good enough? Are we cool enough? Are we relevant enough? What can WE do to get better?” We present these questions as an effort to impact the world, but honestly we are making it all about us.
The world is tired of us talking about us. It’s like the guy that says, “Hey, let’s go out to coffee sometime. I want to get to know you better,” then he talks about himself the entire time.
Whether or not we want to accept it, we are driving people away.
Sometimes the aforementioned questions are helpful, but more times than not, we are missing the point. We have a mindset of trying to see how many people we can fit into a building, how great we can make our buildings look, how good we can make our programs, yet we aren’t content with the results. We want better. Louder. BIGGER.
We build new buildings, hire new pastors and staff, and switch up our programs. Then we do again. And again. Yet we’re still frustrated because our impact lacks.
Something’s not right, and this is it: We need to get the focus off of us.
We sit and wait for society to come to the “church,” but if we want to have truly great impact like we’re called to, we have to bring the Church to society.
We need to stop making church about a location, about a leader, about a production and again start making it about Christ. Our “efforts” to reach society have secluded us from society. It’s time to change that.
This is only going to happen when the Church embeds itself into community, when the Church intentionally gets involved in music, business, art, builds relationship and EARNS influence. And I’m not talking about creating some weird subculture. We’re called to live set apart and yet influence the world, not to seclude ourselves entirely from it. You can’t influence something you isolate yourself from. Creating our own subculture does nothing but separate us from the very people we’re trying to reach. It’s time to stand up, get out of the comfort zone of our buildings, stop talking about ourselves, and start serving and loving on a whole new level.
Change needs to happen and we all know it.
Let’s do something about it.
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