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What Do You Say to the People Who’ve Left?

What Do You Say to the People Who’ve Left?

If we wander away, Jesus will come to find us. He will make sure we’re safe. He just wants us back. 

It’s a beautiful image of Christ. Really it is. But how does that translate to our world? What does that actually look like? How does Jesus seek out the lost?

It’s a question close to every minister’s heart; a question every church has to wrestle with. What do you do when members of the flock have wandered off? It happens with great frequency. You notice that people who were once very active are coming to church less and less often…  Folks who joined the church with great enthusiasm simply stop coming…  Someone drops out of choir or goes off session and you hardly ever see them anymore. 

How much do you pursue them? When do you reach out? What are you supposed to say? And how much time should you spend trying to track them down when there are 99 more people who need your time and energy? 

Confronting Hate & Division, Following the Spirit

Confronting Hate & Division, Following the Spirit

We are at a critical moment for our country, a teaching moment.
the harsh realities of our history and present have bubbled to the surface
We are having to confront them, and deal with them face to face.
If we choose to ignore this moment, if we choose to withdraw, and idle by without speaking out in love, we are missing our call to follow Christ.  We are missing the Spirit’s work in our life.
We may be brought to uncomfortable spaces, and it may be difficult. But where ever we follow the Spirit, the promise is that we will walk away changed, we will walk away rejoicing.