As the Church, we must never lose sight of our true calling – to help others come to experience the light of Jesus Christ. The world is a difficult and dark place. People are dealing with and experiencing darkness in their lives. When someone walks in the door of our churches for the first time, we do not know what darkness they are facing. They may have recently received a deadly diagnosis or been served with divorce papers. They may be struggling to keep their lights on and food on the table. They may have lost their sense of purpose and are feeling utterly alone. The list can go on and on.
A culture of hospitality happens when every person, every Sunday is intentional about making connections: connecting to someone they do not already know; connecting one person they meet to yet another person; connecting people to God through their intentionality, behavior, and life. In short, when people make themselves available in this way, they can become the bridge over which someone may walk to experience the light of Jesus Christ for the first time.
Fiona Haworth and Jim Ozier, Clip In: Risking Hospitality In Your Church (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2014
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