I've been thinking about something a lot lately.
It's not anything new or ground breaking I'm afraid, and you will have heard it before.
How is the church reaching out to people who aren't interested in church?
It is fantastic that we have such an open door policy - we let people come and look round our churches, and we advertise what we do - our services and events - pretty well I think. We have the Envoy and this website which, as it says at the back of the church hall, are communicating the message of Christ wonderfully.
However, I believe something is missing here.
Most of our outreach seems to appeal to people who already have some form of interest or connection with the Christian faith, in some way or another. What can we be doing for those people who aren't interested in looking around churches, reading a church magazine, or coming to a service? For those who haven't thought about God for years, who wouldn't go near a church, those people who aren't interested in faith at all....How can we love them as a church? How can we tell them the message of Christ, without expecting them to come to us?
My friend owns a hoodie from her church which says on the back of it - 'The church has left the building'. I personally believe this is a fantastic thing to be able to say. We have two beautiful churches, where we worship and meet with others of the same faith, but as well as this, if it is our aim to show people the love of Christ, then we need to be meeting them where they are at, not them meeting us where we are.