I saw a church sign advertising a current sermon series called What’s the Point? It asks what’s the point of faith, church, prayer, etc. That’s a great series of topics well worth discussing, and it’s questions for which a lot of people want answers. But the common expectation is that such advertising will hopefully draw people with those questions to hear the preacher address it on a Sunday morning.
Would it not be more effective to simply have those conversations with people where they already are? Instead of trying to get them to come to a church building, why not meet them where they already are in the daily rhythm of life. Have those conversations over coffee, at a restaurant, on the sidelines of the soccer field, or the neighbor’s house.
We assume people will simply come to us, sit and listen to us explain the point and they’ll go away feeling better about it with the answer…and hopefully come back next week! It would be so much better if we could engage them in finding the answer together in the context of a relationship in the rhythms of life rather than in a Sunday only event.