Something’s Missing at This Church

Something’s Missing at This Church

This nondenominational church meets in a public school auditorium.

Consider these four discussion questions about Church #16

1. Renting space saves the church from purchasing and maintaining a facility. 

Whether you own your building or rent space, how can you maximize your outreach and better impact your community?

2. They use more technology than we’ve seen so far. When not displaying song lyrics, Bible verses, or clips, they project the pastor’s video on a large screen behind him. 

How much technology does your church use during your services? Does it add to or detract from the experience?

3. Aside from a greeter and the two pastors saying “Hi,” no one talks to us. We learn that people wearing green nametags are available to answer questions. After the service I spot a man with a green nametag, but he rushes by. 

Are you and other people at your church so preoccupied or busy that you overlook and ignore people?

4. The leadership at this nondenominational church does the right things to foster spiritual connection, but the people aren’t following. They’re passive, coming to church, doing church, and then leaving. 

Is it the paid staff’s job to welcome visitors, or yours? What needs to change?

[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.

1 Comment

  • Linda Vogt Turner Posted August 19, 2021 12:02 pm

    One thing I find missing in church is relationship building skills. For me, church should be a place where I learn how to connect better with those closest and dearest to me so that we as a team can sustain loving relationships with our neighbours outside of our household. One may argue that our first relationship should be God and the God Team…the Trinity. However one may also say that when people learn how to connect and sustain loving relationships with those nearest and dearest to them (who may even irritate them at times and get angry with them)…they will find God in the LOVE reflected in their relationship and easily see God and God’s LOVE in Scripture and in the lives of Christian believers everywhere. Many churches get caught up in reaching out to the neighbours while neglecting to build up the relationships of those who call themselves members. Granted many members are like the members of Chloe’s house and need to be instructed and clued in by the leadership team (1 Corinthians 1:11-13. Christ is not divided and Christians need to know Paul was crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20) and how this relates to the sacrament of marriage (Ephesians 5:31). Thank you Peter for taking the time to pose interesting topics such as: “Something’s Missing at this Church” to encourage Christians to take their church membership seriously.

    As Jesus says in John 3:3 “no one can see the kingdom of God unless he’s born again.” Being born again is a big deal. Many may say…yea yea…until my mom and dad claim me as their child…I am not truly born. I’m not a member of the family. Just as a child needs to feel the loving arms of their mom and their dad, so does a child of God need to see and feel the loving arms of God as an everlasting mother and an everlasting father who love and cherish each other before they can truly see God’s KINGDOM.

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