Church Is a Family, Not an Event by K. Kandiah
This editorial by Kandiah makes many of the same points I have been making on this blog the last several years.
Church is not just about spreading the Gospel (as so many Christians incorrectly assume), but God designed the church to also serve as a community, another family, where widowed, single, and divorced adults could get their needs for companionship met.
But most churches today do not want to engage in that role; all the church-goers want to go home to their homes in the suburbs with their biological families and just hang out with their families.
Many church-going Christians don’t care to invite over the divorcee’ or the widower or the never married woman and include any of those people in their lives.
The Bible refers to fellow Christians as “brothers and sisters,” but how often do we treat them as family?
…More Than an Event
I have met many pastors and church members who can tell similar stories. As I visit many churches that are embracing people in desperate need of family, my eyes are continually being opened not only to what family truly can be but to what church as family truly can be.
This shift in perception of what church is, and what church is for, has huge implications, not just for our own personal spiritual development but for our understanding of mission, evangelism, worship, justice, hospitality, and discipleship.