Excerpted from an article by Carey Nieuwhof / edited by J. McLaurin
Let’s make a clear statement: Church is not about you being comfortable and happy. It’s NOT! It’s about reaching people who don’t know Christ and who don’t go to church.
It follows that, in essence, the mission of the church is to share the love of Christ with the world with the hope that everyone will come into a relationship with Jesus. Of course, the big challenge is that unchurched people are not flocking to the local corner church. Most Christians can’t seem to understand why, We don’t understand what they are doing, or not doing, to change that reality.
Statistically, there are many reasons, but a surprising number center around one thing: Christians treat the church as if it’s their private club. It’s their place and not everyone else is welcome.