Take a moment and think about what your church looks like.
This question could evoke many different images in our minds. Perhaps you see the exterior of your church, be it white clapboard churches in a country setting or more modern structures with steel and glass. Perhaps you see the interior, with prominent altars or sanctuaries filled with stained glass. The question conjures everything from simplicity to ornate elegance. However, all these things are missing the point. I don’t want to know what your church structure looks like, but what does your church look like?
Every day we get up out of bed and dress for the day. What we wear depends on what we are doing but for the most part we dress appropriately for the situation. When we have company coming to our house, we tend to find motivation to clean on a level that exceeds our day to day standard. We put our best foot forward. We are wanting people to see us at our best so that when someone asks, “How did you look?” the response is a positive one.
Our church should be no different. Every day we come across people who are unchurched and in need of the hope offered in Christ. Our job is to invite them into that hope, usually through our church. So, what does your church look like? Is it welcoming, is it active, is it missional, is Bible centered, is it fun, is it accepting? Or is it……? Take an outsider’s view. How would you truthfully describe your church?
Statistics would indicate that not every one of us would have good answers to this question. Some churches have forgotten to clean up for the company that may come. If this describes your church, don’t worry! All it takes to change is one person who chooses to be different. Become the church you want to be. Many times, we get so used to seeing the same thing we forget to see how things would appear to an outsider. Until we see something new, we don’t always realize that change was needed. I may not need to paint my house until I see my neighbor’s new paint job. Be the fresh voice, new spirit, change agent in your church. Then begin asking your fellow worshipers, what does our church look like?