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October 4, 2013

Last week I spent the weekend in Lille, (Well Roubaix actually) visiting some people who have moved there from the uk to start a church. I went to try and see whether there is potential for us as a church here in Barnoldswick to form some sort of partnership with them. So far, so good…

I have to say that I had a brilliant time, we were really well looked after and I came away with a feeling of `connection` with the guys there, but I bean to really struggle with what partnership might look like.

The problem is that we `do` church. It is defined, by time, by place, by practice: We start with coffee, we may pray or sing or listen, we end – and then we all go home. Now please don’t get me wrong – all that stuff is good and necessary. But it wasn’t what my friends in Lille are doing.

They are `being`, church is about relationships. even though those relationships are VERY intentional, they may be meeting one on one, or chatting on the phone, or (I suspect most frequently) sharing a meal together in their home. in all of that there is little of event involved.

So, I have been prompted to think again about how we do church. Maybe, just maybe, we find it really hard to connect with the people around us because we are still thinking in terms of event. Running event(s) take all our time and energy, so we get focused on them, and the numbers of people that attend (or don’t). and gradually take it for granted that it is all about the Sunday service, or the midweek group, and fail to leave time to be the christian community in our homes, in our work, in our community.

But, we then fail to connect. We invite people to come, but they don’t know us, or they are not comfortable with event, or the timing is wrong! and that means that all the connexions we could have made are lost.

 

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One Comment
  1. David Taylor permalink
    October 4, 2013 10:19 am

    Nice to know you share the same view we are so used to doing the same things in the same way at the same time as you said its an event knowing Christ and havering a relationship with him is spontaneous it’s not something you plan for its not just a Sunday thing its every day could go on but won’t

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