random thoughts from someone figuring out how to breathe better...
Friday, August 22, 2008
how to find a good church...?
You've probably heard a number of people, especially those who have moved/will move to a new area, etc. Theories are as diverse as there are people church-hunting. But I've stumbled upon a suggestion to make to all of you church-hunters out there.
Take it with a grain of salt, I suppose, as I'm not a member of that category, and probably can't speak to the exact issues of your hunting process.
We are called to "honor your mother and father", and to "honor the sabbath" as well. These are in close proximity to each other in scriptures, not on accident. We are called, as believers, to honor those who have reached the "sabbath" of their lives. Often, in our behavior and desire to make church "desirable" to ourselves and others, we get dangerously close to forgetting this. Not to say the 65+ crowd should run things, or be given even more influence on whatever boards make decisions. But that they are to be a part of the conversation every bit as much as the 27-year old emerging church feller with the flip flops that joined last year.
But this goes beyond church politics and boards. I rambled.
As youth pastor, I've had opportunities both in Iowa, an here in Decatur, to be involved in fellowship and service to those several generations ahead of me. I've played dominoes (mexican train of course), sat in on "old man" breakfasts, chauffeured trips to museums and state fairs, gone mall walking, raked yards, and recently helped stain at 98-year olds' gazebo. She was totally going to try and do it herself!
All of this to say, there are people in our churches who are way older than many of us. They are losing the ability to do some things for themselves. They have family that have moved away, or passed away. Many of them are lonely, and need to be given the message that they are honored/loved.
Want to find a good church? A church where you will be fed, and given opportunity to serve/worship?
Find a church with a large community of the elderly and almost-elderly. Connect there.
You'll probably get a lot of great recipes too. :)
I think there's a great deal more to all of this than I'm saying here. But I at least wanted to say....I think this is important.
ps. Already have a church? Find a way to connect your life with this section of your church body. You'll be glad you did. Promise.