Church should be fun. It really should. Now wait, all you coffee-shop-theologians, before you start questioning my salvation. I didn’t say that church should be watered down. I didn’t say that church should be a conviction-free zone. What I’m saying is that when we make church boring, we do an incredible disservice to the transforming power of the gospel.
Whether you agree with me or not, here’s one family that’s been changed because Mt Vernon (the church I serve) refuses to make church boring and monotonous:
I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you. My husband and I have visited Mt Vernon a couple of times this month with [a friend]. We have loved it. I am not from Columbus and was afraid of trying to find a church here. Mt Vernon is so welcoming and friendly. Your messages and way of conveying them is great. My husband did not have the same upbringing as myself and after our first visit he made the comment that he wasn’t bored in church for the first time. Thank you for that. We will be back.
That’s why our staff goes the extra mile to think of creative ways to teach timeless truths, to create irresistible environments that draw people back. That’s why our volunteers are out in the parking lot first thing Sunday morning, creating a welcoming atmosphere. If it makes a difference (and it does) for a first-time guest burned on church, then it’s all been worth it.