Is This The Church?
Many people I know are critical of the Christian Church, and a lot of times, rightly so. We have not done a real good job lately connecting to people in our communities, being what Tony Campolo calls agents for change in a hurting world.
For whatever reason, and frankly, there are many, there is the impression that the church is only interested in people for her own selfish interests.
In many churches it is impossible for those with an entrepreneurial spirit to start new ministries that reach into communities and address the problems people face in everyday life. Sometimes because those ministries are not 100% focused on the spiritual life of the individual.
I have often struggled with this and the resultant lack of presence, us bible folk call it salt, in the communities and neighborhoods around our churches.
This reality has forced those entrepreneurs, sadly, to go outside the church to do the work of the Gospel.
One of those ministries here in Las Vegas is Club Christ. This ministry, started by my friend Evan Hartsell, is the church in the community. It is people being Christ in a hurting world instead of just talking about it.
Today the Las Vegas Sun, a traditional liberal newspaper in our city, ran a great story on the ministry of Club Christ on their front page. Check it out here.
And then, if you are a church goer, ask yourself this question. Why does someone have to work outside the church to do, or start a ministry like this?
The answer might help explain why statistics show little or no church growth over the last few years.