Last Friday amidst the chaos of Black Friday shopping, I had the privilege of working alongside a bunch of volunteers from my church as we gave out coffee and hot chocolate to shoppers. It’s one of my favorite events of the year, the giving away part, not the shopping. Perhaps my favorite part was the people who knew who we were because we were giving out free coffee.
I love that my church is known as a generous church.
I think all churches should be seen that way, they should be considered an asset to the community. But too many of us take. We assume those outside of God’s kingdom should pay for the work of the kingdom, and through fundraisers and door to door harassment evangelism we’ve lost our credibility. People view churches like a burden, rather than a blessing.
If your church disappeared tomorrow, would anyone outside of it miss it?
That’s the question I ask myself. That’s the question I want to be able to answer yes to.