Where Are The People

Mar 2, 2022 | 0 comments

-by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director of LEAD

Where are the people?
Lent is here!

Will they come back?

The old children’s refrain feels a little unsettling these days:

“Here is the church.
Here is the steeple.
Open the doors…”
Where’s all the people?

Will they come back? Our best answer is, it depends.

Yes, people will come if you listen to their hunger, and feed their souls. People are yearning for a church that loves like Jesus. We are aching to connect, to leave isolation behind, and to find meaning in the ancient and precious words we find in scripture.
No, people won’t do what they have done in the past. They won’t fill committees that have little meaning for them. We are too overwhelmed with daily life to take on more, more, more. Where does this leave church leaders?

Check out our short list and share with us your thoughts.

  • Love each other. Love your pastor. Love your neighbors of all languages, sexualities, cultures, ethnicities. Heck, love your enemies. They will know we are Christians by our love, right?
  • Listen to their story. Learn to check your biases so you can deeply hear other perspectives. This is not to sign up for a cause, but to understand why people think, like, or feel certain ways. Maybe others will want to hear our story once we hear theirs.
  • Practice the faith. Read the Bible together. Give Bibles to people who need one. Help this ancient text make sense to people who are forming their theological lens for the first time. Pray together. Pray alone. Pray a lot.
  • Care for human need and suffering. Yes, that is another way of loving. Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God…

God is up to something new and beautiful. It will be messy, and gritty, but so real and important.

As we journey into this Lenten Season, join our Sacred Lent time of reflection. We invite you to journey and journal with us in a time of reflection, renewal, and refreshment on this 40-day path to Easter on our LEAD social media pages. We can’t wait to share with you on this journey.

 

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