Monday, February 26, 2007

Invite Only Church

I was talking to somebody the other day about how things work with the Huddle, as I often do, and they were asking about what we did to tell people about our gatherings and to invite them etc. Good questions.

What they were pretty much saying was that they thought it was a bit poor that people would only know about our church if we told them, and that it wasn't great that we moved around all the time, so nobody knew when and where to come.

In one sense I agree, it does suck a bit sometimes that we can't just say to people, every week at this time, its here at this time. But thats only really annoying when inviting churchy people, cos if ur inviting people who don't currently follow Jesus, then just telling when a service on is rubbish, and a poor portrayal of Jesus.

See the fact that nobody is ever just gonna rock up our door and start coming to church is actually kinda cool, cos it well and truly breaks that expectation that people can have that just by their church being on, that people will come to it. I'm pretty sure we all realise that that very rarely happens these days.

So we know that unless we're actively out in our communities, connecting with people, looking for oppurtunities to share life and faith with them, then nobody will ever come and join the Huddle. Now of course just because somebody comes to our church doesn't necessarily mean they'll come to faith, nor does it mean that the only way somebody will ever come to faith is through our church, but its still something I think should keep us on our toes.

7 comments:

Gareth Williams said...

Ww do the same thing with Myriad and I love seeing new people come along because someone brings them.
I think a church that grows because people are getting amongst their communities and including those they meet on the journey is a great way to go.

P.S. I like the new look.

Captain Best said...

Awesome what you're thinking about. I don't actually think there's anything worse about the "Invite only church"ish aspect of the Huddle, from a "meeting at same time and place" church, as those chuches generally only get new people in when they're specifically invited, also. (most of the time) I really don't think there's any way people can critisice the Huddle. It is good. Awe-some, even!

Mase said...

Hey digs,
I'm thinking that the NT church worked much more similarly to the Huddle? There was the temple worship everyday i guess, same time, same place (was it more an individual thing than a group thing?), but the meeting in ppl's homes type stuff wasn't the 'evangelising tool' they would've used to spread the word: it was a meeting of believers for their edification. They used times outside that for sharing the gospel (including preaching in the street, or at least, Paul and Peter and the gang did that i spose!). When did the gathering of the church become the tool for sharing the gospel? what a cop out, and i'm sure that's the main cause of the 'sunday-Christian' mentality.
Anyhoo, thanks for listening!
Mase.

Mase (again) said...

PS (when i wrote 'gathering of the church', i'm referring to the 'service' idea, and that being the tool ppl use, or abuse, in sharing the gospel, rather than telling people in and through their lives everyday).

PPS. I think i'd rather go to a church i was invited to anyway. But i'm just thinking...it is nice to be able to go, for example: when on holidays in an unknown region, and find a church and go, and get a feel for somewhere different and for the bigger picture of God's family. Need both i think! Hope that makes some kinda sense!

Digger said...

dunno if its the main cause mase, but one of many! But yeah, it is such a cop out. I might blog about that.

And yeah ur right, it is cool to just rock up to a church randomly, but trust me-that model won't go away anytime soon ;)

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