Understand that if we love Jesus, we must love the church despite its (and our) messy-ness. Was hurt by another staff person. Perhaps my expectations of church were incorrect.
Look to the New Testament
-The church is a group of people committed to Jesus
-It’s going to be messy because we are broken human beings.
– You want to clean up messes.
– You want to be forgiving, humble, and serving.
A pattern I see, especially among younger people. What happens when someone gets disillusioned by church? (partial hyperbole)
1st stage – Enter church. Excited.
2nd Stage -Get involved. Feel privileged to be inside
3rd stage – We see things we question.
4th stage – We are tired of serving. Routine. Suspicious of the leaders
5th stage – Total disillusionment.
6th stage – Silently drop out of church. discover nonorganized church. Get excited to do church the right way. Find same disappointments in the new church. Get more disillusioned.
7th stage – Give up and stop going to church
8th stage – We pass time wondering what its all about.
9th stage – Missing Christians, and desire to be a part again.
10th stage-Cautiously go back. Expectations are reshaped.
Church will be messy. Teach people a Biblical expectation of church. Church is messy. But Jesus loves the church. Help keep it clean.
1. Who do you know that has experienced this cycle?
2. Why is it so common for people exposed to the mechanics of a church body to become disillusioned with the church?