February 6, 2015
How much time do you spend talking to people when you come to church? You walk in and shake the hands of a greeter and maybe get a cup of coffee. You then enter the worship space, find a seat, and exchange perfunctory greetings with the people around you. After worship you might chat for another minute on the way out to your car. You might speak to others for a total of three minutes each Sunday. If you make it to church every single Sunday, that is a little more than two and a half hours of conversations a year with the people that are a part of your church family.
It isn’t enough.
In order to go deeper in your faith, you need more than three minutes of conversation a week. I have more than three minutes of conversation with the people that check me out at the grocery store. Church is supposed to be different – moving you deeper and deeper into a relationship with Jesus. Church is supposed to be your family and family requires time.
What we hope is that this church becomes your family. We talk a lot about our mission here at St. Andrew: Calling the Christianish to become Passionate Servants of Christ. That is us. We are to be made into passionate servants of Christ and that doesn’t happen by accident. It happens because we have put ourselves into a place where we let God change us. True change requires more than just attending worship. It requires us to go deeper into community, making it family.
So start by coming early to church and speaking with people. Strike up a friendship. Take someone to lunch. Treat them like family.
Continue by signing up for Connection Nights – St Andrew’s new small group launch this month. Check it out here.
And find an area to get involved and serve. Anything that you do that puts you in a place to spend more than three minutes talking to people at church and you just might find a few months from now that, when you look around on Sunday morning, you see family.