Took this as a direct quote as it speaks for what I believe people are looking for, both churched and unchurched…and, to be totally honest, the kind of church I’d long to lead…
People need a place:
To hear. To be heard.
To know and understand. To be known and understood.
To confess and hear confession.
To guide, advising and being advised.
To pray (“where two or three are gathered in my name.”)
To worship. To celebrate.
To serve and be served.
To laugh together.
To grieve & bear burdens together.
To sense: seeing, touching and feeling.
To resuscitate and heal.
To make and eat meals and to drink together.
To love, accept and forgive steadfastly and deeply.
To be loved, accepted and forgiven.