I had to leave our awesome Sunday gathering at Connexus on Sunday early…largely because I had to catch a flight to Atlanta where I’m spending a good chunk of this week working on things Orange and on retreat with the lead pastors from North Point, not to mention getting ready for soft-launch this weekend at Connexus Barrie.
On the way out, I had lots of time to think. It’s not often a preacher finds himself with time off on Sunday mornings. So, I looked around at life outside the church on Sundays.
The parking lot was pretty busy at the Galaxy with our people. But Walmart was filling up too. Okay…there were more lots more people at Walmart than at Connexus (even though we were close to packed out). And things were getting busy at Starbucks too. I waited in line for five minutes at Starbucks, desperate for a latte (they were closed at 8 a.m. when I went the first time!!!).
It got me thinking about categories. I have spent so much of my life thinking of people as "churched" or "unchurched" – preaching to the churched, preaching to the unchurched etc. But I’ve never called anyone "unchurched" to their face. I mean how would that go over? "Hey, I’m Carey. I hear you’re unchurched."
At the end of the day, you know what we all are? We’re people. That’s it. Just people. More and more, I like that. People — just plain people.
People Jesus died for. People who find WalMart more compelling than church. People who find church more compelling than Walmart. People who all need Jesus.
I think moving forward, I’m going to spend less time talking about "churched" and "unchurched", and more time talking about people. Better yet…more time talking to people, not just about them.
Because the people shopping at Walmart have the same needs and face the same issues as those of us filling the Galaxy. Because people in line at Starbucks still have deep questions about God, even though they are at Starbucks instead of at church. They simply don’t believe that the church can help them in their quest for God — at least not yet.
Maybe that’s who we’ll preach to starting next weekend with our soft launch in Barrie: people. People who want to know God. People who desire relevant environments to lead them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Maybe one day, we’ll see Walmart less full on Sunday mornings and some weeknights when community groups are meeting across Central Ontario…because people are meeting Jesus.
Think about the the people in your life this week…and how we can all get them into environments that will lead them into a growing relationship with Jesus.