So, there’s this minister who I’ve never heard of until recently. His name is John Pavolvitz. He writes a blog.
Recently he wrote a series on his blog called, “Church, here’s why people are leaving you.” You can read all three parts at:
I’m not going to get into the details of what he wrote or my reactions to them at this point. Instead I’m going to tell you about something that happened tonight……
A good friend of mine in Ann Arbor shared a link to Part 1 on Facebook with some comments about it. Then another good friend (also in real estate – but in Virginia) commented on it. We ended up having a wonderful, open, honest and disagreeable discussion about what was written. A couple of things that I took away from the conversation:
- I am blessed by Facebook on a daily basis – if it weren’t for things like this, I wouldn’t be able to have relationships and deep conversations with friends in other parts of the country and the world.
- The overwhelming consensus in our conversation was that the church (the local church, not Christianity) is not doing what it is supposed to in reaching the lost, caring for the hurting, comforting the heartbroken and sharing the good news of the gospel.
In short, we aren’t doing enough of what God has called us to do – to care for and reach the vulnerable of the world.
Vulnerable? Yep, sort of like The Vulnerable Project. This conversation and these friends underscored for me the importance of The Vulnerable Project and that the there are many more people and many more children who could be considered vulnerable.
And the church needs to do more to reach those who are hurting.
Facebook and friends in Grand Rapids, Virginia and Ann Arbor on a Sunday night – motivating, exciting and way deeper than the “So how’s it going?” that is the usual fare at church……