Thursday, March 20, 2008

Time is the real challenge for reaching out

My initial impressions are quickly being confirmed. The real challenge in reaching out in McKInney is time. Reaching people today requires developing relationships with people outside of the church, and this takes time. Unfortunately, the long commute that many here have and the long hours make this time difficult to have.

There is no magic solution to this. We need to help people see that they may have to trade one extra children's activity or extra hours at work to make this time possible. Helping people work outreach into their daily lives is also essential. Finally, the church calendar must be flexible enough that members can use whatever night is needed to reach out.

What suggestions do you have for helping people find more time for developing relationships with outsiders?