Is your church nurturing or is it a “weapon of mass induction” when it comes to the Kingdom of God?
Most of us want to answer “both” but I don’t think this very often true. Churches are, for the most part, great at defense (teaching, pasturing, caring, and nurturing) and terrible at offense (going, evangelizing, and being apostolic).
Here is where the rubber meets the road for me. Our house church started in part because a number of us wanted to “go deeper” in our relationships. That’s more of a nurturing thing.
A few weeks back, at the Greenhouse training our house church attended, the challenge was to split up our group and not be “holy huddle;” to get out there and do outreach. From my perspective, this is going wide rather than deep.
John 13:35 states, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” For me this means that we must live community out in front of those who are not Christians. Like it or not, this is an attractional strategy. It calls us to invite others into our community.
Pragmatics is forcing the discussion. as much as anything else. Our group now regularly gets to over thirty people. We can’t go on meeting like this. That’s a good thing. And a bad thing.
So that’s our dilemma. Deep or Wide?