In a challenging post entitled Why Many Welcoming Churches are Dying Churches, Joseph Yoo explains why churches cannot sit back and wait for people to come to us. We can’t assume any more that people even in the near neighborhood know where we are, who we are, and what we are about.
He describes a tendency in congregations to think that sprucing up the building and grounds will entice people to stop in. He writes, “Not only do we assume that a majority of our neighbors know about church, we also look at outreach through the lens of the question ‘How do we get people into our pews’ rather than actually being missional.”
He adds, “We can’t just wait and assume people are going to show up — because they won’t. We’re also going to encounter more and more folks who don’t know the things about our faith that we take for granted. And that’s okay.
“What’s not okay is for us to mistake the words of Jesus to ‘Go’ for ‘Stay and wait for people to come’ — no matter how welcoming we may be.”
We’re trying to figure out how to “go” at Jesus’ direction. Click on the title to read the whole post.