One of the most frequent questions I receive from people outside the church is “So how are things going with the church?” I think most people ask that question from a rather innocent position. For them it is a simple question. A normal question. A pastor works with a church, and when you’re talking with a pastor wouldn’t it be normal to ask them how things are going with the church? Sure. But here’s where it gets interesting. The answer!
And the expected answer? “Good! Things are good.”
But, oh, there is so much more to that answer. When they ask me how things are going, I often wonder if they really want to know. If they have time to have a real conversation.
This coming Sunday we’re going to split the sermon in two. The first half we’ll take some time to look at how things are going with the church. Not nearly enough time to dig deeply into the answer. But I want to spend a few minutes discussing it with you from my perspective.
But to get ready for that, I wonder if you might take a look back at Faith Church’s 2013. Have you seen how Facebook gives you a year in review?
I looked at mine, and it was interesting how Facebook skipped over stuff. I wonder what kind of algorithm they used to pick what posts they selected for our year in review. It is a creative idea and a fun feature. We are a people who love to look back. So this time of year there on TV you get a blizzard of Best of 2013 shows. Maybe your Facebook year in review missed a lot of your special events too. Ever notice how that happens with people too? We see things from a certain perspective…our OWN perspective. But someone else looking at the same situation sees things differently. Or they remember things we forgot. Do you remember what 2013 was like for Faith Church? Maybe you could scroll down through our Facebook page and check it out? Maybe in the comments section below you could share you favorite memories!