If you’ve read any of my blog posts, you have probably heard me say something about my introversion. There’s a fantastic book called “Introverts in the Church” by Adam McHugh, and he has a blog where he and others write about introversion and how it relates to faith and Christian community. It’s great. And by reading it from time to time, I’ve found other blogging introverts who write about the things I wish I had the energy and clarity of mind to write about. They’re amazing. And I wish they lived in Atlanta. At least they’re on Twitter.
One of these introverted bloggers wrote a post asking the following related questions:
Who are church services for?
What are church services supposed to accomplish?
Here is my answer:
My husband and I talk about these issues regularly, and our passion regarding this is what led us to attend our current church because it answers these questions SO CLEARLY. However, not everyone agrees that the answer our church gives is the “right” or “correct” answer. We wouldn’t say it’s “correct” either because I don’t think God defines “church services” in the Bible (especially not Sunday morning gatherings).
Whether a church answers differently than ours or not, I think it is important to have an answer! Our time on earth is fleeting and precious, and it makes me incredibly sad that so many people use up a whole morning every Sunday not knowing what the purpose of those hours are. Another way to phrase these questions would be:
What role does the church service play in your church’s ultimate mission?
I would like to share in some detail how our church answers these questions. To preserve everyone’s sanity, I am going to divide it into a few posts addressing the following:
Do you know the mission of your church? Do you know what role the church service plays in that mission?