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Church is more than Sunday…

Geoff Surratt recently commented on the power of Biblical community, and I wanted to pass along some of his words,

I think the mistake we make as church planters is that we try to plant a service. We hire a band, we rent a school and we put on a show. There’s nothing evil or wrong about the show, but there is no one in your city sitting at home on Sunday morning thinking, “Man, I wish there were a really good show down at the middle school cafetorium. If there were, I’d be there. And I’d give my life to Jesus if the show were awesome.”

There are, however, a lot of people in your city thinking, “Man, I wish I could find community. Life is lonely and I’d love to feel connected. If I could belong, feel like I’m a valuable part of a team I’d consider giving my life to Jesus.” They wouldn’t express it that way, but that is the longing at the bottom of their hearts. They aren’t finding that community at work, or on Facebook or at the gym. If they show up for your weekend show its only because they think they might find community.

In my heart, as I serve at oneChurch, this is what I hope for. Leaders who are so transformed by their connections in group that they continue to build more and more groups until they impact the entire city of Clarksville and far beyond. An impact that has nothing to do with buildings, parking spaces, or a highly planned 90 minute event.

How about you, what do you think?

Read more from Geoff Surratt at www.geoffsurratt.com.

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