It doesn't happen very often, but people in worship last Sunday (both services) applauded a film clip- about going to church, of all things. It was titled, "Reasons Why People Don't Go to Church"
We are participating in a nation-wide campaign, "National Back to Church Sunday." It's a clunky name, but the intent is worthy. The truth is, there are a number of reasons people choose to stay away from church. Frankly, some of them are healthy reasons. All churches make mistakes. Some become toxic.
That is why I liked the clip we showed last Sunday. It highlighted some of the honest reasons people choose not to go to church. And then it went the next step. It gave answers we believe in. Some are fairly flippant- but some are authentic and heartfelt. It describes a place we all want our church to be. When we get it wrong, it hurts. When we get it right, we cheer.
September 16th is "National Back to Church Sunday". I am challenging everyone to identify and pray for, five people who don't go to church. As we pray for them, pray for opportunities to invite them to church with you. Not the kind of invitation that is forced and makes everyone feel awkward (we will have an example of that this Sunday!), but one that is genuine and natural. Ask God to open a door- and then be ready when it opens.
Part of the preparation is identifying and praying for others. Just as important, reaffirm the kind of church we want to be- the kind you would want to invite a friend. Watch the clip and then determine to do your part to continue to make New Hope the kind of church people want to applaud.Reasons People Don't Go to Church