You bring them, we’ll save them

Is there more to evangelism than getting people through the door?

Throughout my time as a pastor I regularly encouraged my congregations to invite their family and friends to church. Most didn’t… or wouldn’t…or couldn’t. Those who did, more often than not, used to wait for a special occasion. They would warn me prior to the event and apply some not-so-subtle pressure, making sure I prepared an “evangelistic” sermon and “seeker friendly” service.  (more…)

Feeling foreign: Looking for God amongst the scary Christians

This Christmas, you are likely to see some unfamiliar faces at your church events: people for whom “church” is a foreign experience. What will they experience? How welcome, how comfortable will they feel? I grew up inside the Christian “club” but a few years ago, my own taste of a foreign church culture made me much more sensitive to the experience of newcomers or “seekers” who might attend a church like ours.

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