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2008 April 20 » Philoxenos

Philoxenos

I’m sorry, but our church is full

20th April 2008

I’m sorry, but our church is full

Can you imagine being told by the church that you recently started attending that there was no room for you?

I have friends that moved into the area just shortly after we did and they are attending a local church, somewhat biggish in our local terms. The husband works weekends so isn’t able to attend Sunday services. They wanted to get involved in a home group/small group so that they could be involved together. They tried to get into one of the six homegroups but were told that they were all full. FULL. Sorry, no room for you here. Go somewhere else.

First, a church that runs probably 1000 only has six homegroups?? What’s up with that??? And then to be told that they’re full?? WHAT? “I’m sorry, go be a Christian somewhere else because we don’t have room for you.” Honestly, if I was ever told something like that I would very quickly start going to a difference church.

And then I was talking to another friend of mine yesterday. They recently declined a full-time ministry position at another church (for various unimportant reasons), different from the one where they are attending. I asked her if they would continue to go to their present church and she said oh no, we’re definitely looking for another church. You know why? Because essentially they were told that the only positions for service available were working in the nursery or being an usher. Again, this is a large church. And my friend and her husband have been in the ministry for years, although are currently lay people. He has a Masters of Divinity. And he’s not a weirdo or anything. Although Handsome said that he’s no more a weirdo than Handsome, so I suppose there is some weirdness there.  But he’s a well-trained, well-grounded man who wants to SERVE. And he’s been told that he can be an usher.

Now, working in the nursery and being an usher are important, valid ministries. However, we are not all called to work in the nursery. I, for one, am not called to work in the nursery. My dad finds this is a bit odd. After all, I have three small children. It’s like I run my own little daycare. But I normally choose to work in the nursery LAST. I do, however, fill in when asked.

I told my friend that she and her husband MUST at least visit our church. Our church is growing. We are seeing people get saved every week. Our pastor said this morning that five people chose to follow Christ in salvation this week (not just Sunday, but during the week.) People are being baptised and discipled. People are reaching out to their families and communities.  Lives are being changed all because people are following Christ. That’s what a church needs to be involved in! We need more people, mature Christians, who can lead these new believers and teach and train them. It’s an awesome church to be a part of.

I think that when a church tells a family that they aren’t welcome into the home groups because they’re full, then it’s time to close the doors. It’s become more of a social club than a church.

**I realise that this is harsh, but I figure it’s my blog, so I’ll write it the way I see it :)

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