The emptiness of the church calendar at Crossings Community often brings some culture shock to those who have become accustomed to the hustle of the suburban church. Unfortunately the modern church culture trained us to believe that the hours in attendance each week are equivalent to our level of spiritual maturity.
I remember having conversations with pastoral staff in previous churches asking about the maturity of a family and the response being something like, “they are committed and always here on Sunday, Wednesday, and other ministry engagements.” This erroneous thought process runs deep in the ministry world and it has caused a huge misunderstanding. Our measure of spiritual maturity is not based on the amount of hours we spend attending church events.
At CCC we often see people who have been enculturated into this attendance-minded maturity. I completely understand because I was enculturated by the same ideology as well. Being a ‘good Christian’ meant attending and participating (and often times leading) multiple times during the week during all sorts of different ministry events.
Paradoxically, while attending all of these ministry events very little ministry was taking place. In these contexts relationships are solely found in the events or the tasks at hand rather than the truth of life’s journey. Further, the actual calling on our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ is overtaken by church busyness.
At Crossings Community we believe God’s vision for His church is one of people who live life together in real and authentic relationships. This takes time. The time it takes cannot be overcome with attending multiple events throughout the week. The time required is time spent within each others homes with families together who are eating, talking, laughing, and crying together.
At Crossings Community we believe God’s vision for His church is one of people who pursue relationships with those who are not being transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. This takes time. It takes time and commitment to place ourselves in contexts amidst new people. We must have discretionary time to be in a place to meet people and to begin a relationship with them.
We believe that God has called us to an incredibly simple paradigm of ministry at CCC. We leverage strategic opportunities on the calendar to equip and empower homes so that they can engage faithfully in their call to be used by God through the relationships they build. These are relationships inside and outside of the church.
What if instead of the church consuming all of our time, it was there to equip us, challenge us, and then send us out to spend our time doing what the Bible calls us to do? What if we spent more time establishing and building gospel centered relationships than we did attending church events?