We published a post entitled ‘Come As You Are‘ on 6th November, but the associated video is no longer available, so here is an alternative take on the same question. John Burke, author of books such as ‘No Perfect People Allowed‘, has written on this subject at length (and at popular level). What does it really mean to accept people in the church community as they are? Here is a recent blog post by him that introduces his convictions.
What do you think of what he says? Is it doable in your church?
And in particular, what do you think of the three elements that he says need to intersect for people to find faith and a place in the church community? As a recap, here they are again, but do read the whole piece:
- A friendship with someone with the attitude of Jesus.
- Relational momentum with a network of four to five other Christians whom they enjoy hanging out with and who make them feel like they truly belong.
- A “come as you are” learning environment where they can learn about the Way of Jesus even with doubts, questions and struggles.