I had an interesting conversation with someone a few weeks ago. We were talking about how we could really turn our church around if we were to just add a few more families. The person said, “Yeah, it would be nice to add two or three really strong Christian families.” When I replied that I would rather add two or three unsaved people who brought their families, he looked at me like I had three heads.
Isn’t that how we’re supposed to be growing our churches though? Shouldn’t we be doing our best to reach those who don’t know Christ or who knew Him at one point and have fallen away? It does me (or my church) no good to just borrow growth from another church. That’s *not* growing the body of believers, it’s just growing the body of believers that I get to worship with each week.
Not to mention that people who church hop (I’m not including those who genuinely feel led to go to another church – but those who change church every 6-12 months looking for the newest thing) are more than likely to bring all the baggage that they can with them. They move so often that they are almost professional and are able to bring more and more “junk” (gossip, “we never did it that way before”isms, etc…) with them when they come and they are more likely to hurt someone when they go. They know how to “do” church and honestly, mature believers are harder to reach than new Christians. But that’s another entry for another day.
I would much rather have an unbeliever or someone who was just saved and is looking to get involved in a church. Those people are ready to jump in and get their hands dirty. They are ready to listen to what we have to teach them. They read their Bible EVERY day – sometimes more than once. They pray and call out to God for everything. They are excited about their faith and ready to share it with anyone who will listen. THAT is the type of person that I would like to add to our church. Imagine how a church could be impacted by adding two or three individuals like that? Amazing things would start to happen!
So, that’s what I’m praying for our little church. We’re having a tough time, I’ll be honest. We are resting sure in knowing we are in the middle of God’s will. We’re willing to go the distance. But I’m praying hard that God will send two or three or even four FAMILIES of unbelievers to our midst. And I’m excited to see what will happen when He does!