“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7 These words are an excellent touchstone for any congregation working to be more inclusive. Building community while pursuing individual faith can be challenging, especially in today’s fast-paced world. Even the best among us can wake up and realize we’ve created a community that doesn’t live up to this ideal, a place where some feel less than welcome. Grace allows us to recognize this shortcoming, and to move forward with solutions. Where there are walls, impediments to inclusivity, we can take concrete steps to break down barriers and welcome diverse new members to our community of faith. Here are just a few ideas to build a more inclusive church community:
For hundreds of years, churches were places where personal safety. The sanctuary they offer was never in doubt. However, that has changed dramatically. With multiple violent incidents at churches across the United States, pastors have security at the top of their list. According to USA Today, since 1999 there have been 723 violent acts committed in U.S. churches, with 38 percent resulting in at least one death. And with guns, knives, bombs, and automobiles used in these incidents, it's clear churches must make security a top priority. To learn more, here are five reasons why pastors should be thinking about church security.
Has your congregation been drifting off lately? Are you not seeing more parishioners stepping up and helping to expand the reach of your church? The big issue here is that the congregation may no longer be connected, and sooner or later this could be devastating to the church as a whole. Here are five creative ways to keep your congregation enga
Morality is natural when things are going well. Few would be willing to sacrifice their principles when it's easy to defend them, after all. The real test of morality comes when things aren't going well - when the situation gets desperate and sticking to your morals means the possibility of adverse consequences. There are, however, methods of making sure you can display morality even when situations are tough.
A building? A social mishap? An institution that has damaged the lives of many people? A place for religious things? A location for people who cannot cope with the realities of life? This may well sum up a lot of what we feel and think of the church. Moreover, what about the people within it? They have been termed backward, regressive, bigoted, hypocritical, liars, cheats. An endless list of negative terminology.