Hold on there, pardner! We’re not talking about . . . sex (read that word in hushed tones).
Read on. . . .
I spent three days at a marriage and family conference recently. It was actually pretty good.
In one of the breakout groups the role of intimacy was discussed in pretty graphic terms. (That is, all aspects of intimacy except sex.)
The dictionary definition is: a close personal relationship
(O.K., usually sex is added as an aspect of intimacy in additional definitional possibilities, but we’re not talking about that in this setting.)
As the discussion proceeded, I couldn’t help but think about how important intimacy is for church. Every church. Think with me about this. Why don’t more people find church to be an intimate experience?
Church is intended to be . . .
. . . the place where people care about each other.
. . . the place you are safe from being judged.
. . . a refuge in time of trouble.
. . . where you find support and encouragement.
. . . where trustworthy people are found.
. . . your center of security.
. . . the arms and hands of God that pat you on the back and lovingly embrace you so you can know His love in a tangible way.
. . . where a person can connect to others in meaningful ways.
Not everyone experiences church in this way. From occasional visitor to ministerial staff member, people are disappointed, offended, intimidated and hurt in a variety of ways. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your fellowship makes every reasonable attempt to give the best experience for connecting to all who are part of, or visit, the church.
Layman, minister, leader or “just a member”. . . be the child of God that represents Him by being trustworthy, compassionate, and giving. Not just to those in places far away. Invest at home — in your church — in the people sitting next to you.
“My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.” — 1 John 3:18-20 (The Message)
Get your church on board for Church Harmony. Ministry team building and a unified investment in people is a small part of the possibilities of work with Ken Sneed. Let me hear from you!