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I have been to many churches like these… It’s sad, because they see what a ‘family’ they have become, but outsiders feel extremely uncomfortable.
Very good and interesting article.
Some months ago, I was preaching at a small congregation and a newer couple had their children with them.
During worship, mom was in the choir and dad had to take the son to the restroom, leaving the young daughter alone in the pew.
She got up, came on the platform and sat down with me… I was so grateful and humbled, she felt safe to sit with me. When dad came back into the sanctuary and saw her, he looked mortified, as did her mom in the choir. I signaled both of them it was okay…
After a song or two, she pointed to mom in the choir and I nodded. She went to mom. It was a wonderful and touching moment.
I addressed the congregation saying, how blessed are the children…? Never be concerned, they are always welcome. They are the future of the church!
This article is absolutely right on!
Every church leader should be using this as a metric of potential for the congregation God has entrusted to them.