A Near Miss If Not for Their Church Sign

A Near Miss If Not for Their Church Sign

With no website and a phone line that doesn’t work, we assume this church, listed only in a computer-compiled online directory, either no longer exists or never did. The church sign in front of their building is the only reason we know the service time.

Consider these four discussion questions about Church #19

1. When we arrive, a greeter welcomes us, but she’s surprised to see two new people. 

Are visitors the norm at your church or an exception? What needs to change?

2. At times their service seems evangelical and other times mainline, with hints of Charismatic. It’s an ideal blend. 

How can your church service better focus on Jesus instead of promoting a subset of Christianity or a denomination?

3. In the most insightful communion invitation I’ve ever heard, the pastor affirms that all who are in relationship with God are free to participate, regardless of church status or affiliation. 

How inclusive and accepting are your church’s practices?

4. Their mission is to help people on their faith journey, connecting them with other churches that match their needs and preferences. It’s okay if they happen to pick up members along the way, but it’s not their intent. 

What are your church’s growth goals?

[See the prior set of questions, the next set, or start at the beginning.]

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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.


  • Robert Kersten
    Robert Kersten Posted September 9, 2021 8:19 am

    Hi Peter. I would like to make a comment concerning this congregation’s mission. I can very well identify with it as it is similar to what we are doing here at Creekside. There are many “dismembered believers “ out there who are trying to follow Christ as “Lone Ranger “ Christians. Besides not being Biblical, it just doesn’t work. If we believe that the Church is only one body, then it just doesn’t matter whether they join our fellowship or not, as long as they connect with a group of believers where they can best serve God. A good post.

    • Linda Vogt Turner – Vancouver Canada – Linda Vogt Turner is a lay theologian, writer and faith based speaker living in Vancouver Canada where she was born and educated. Linda has written extensively on faith and justice themes. She completed her Master of Arts Degree at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in 2011. The title of her project is Mary Magdalene: Her image and relationship to Jesus. Linda earned a Higher Doctorate in Written Communications from the Intercontinental Open University Iou.edu.gr for her Heartalk® --mediated Pilate Syndrome™. As of November 1, 2019, Dr. Turner is a Professor of Practice with the Intercontinental Open University. http://www.iou.edu.gr Linda Vogt Turner is passionate about Eco-Justice. Her first paper on the environment was Protecting the Priceless Earth: Lessons from the Magdalene Stories. It was written for Ecothee 08, an eco-justice symposium held at the Orthodox Academy of Crete. Since 08, Linda has written numerous papers drawing on the insight of Mary Magdalene and her relationship to Jesus.
      Linda Vogt Turner Posted September 9, 2021 2:00 pm

      I agree with Robert. Peter this is a good post. We need to meet new believers or potential new members where they are. Some may have no patience, no interest or time at all for bible study. So how we greet them and show them our enthusiasm and love for Jesus and for the Bible and the Teachers Jesus loved so dearly is important. If after spending some time getting acquainted with the visitor and we sense the church down the road or across town would suit the needs of the visitor better we should let them know.

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