Offer Them Christ
The Weblog Of J.F. Howard

What Makes Church Of The Resurrection So Healthy?

          Being on site at The United Methodist Church Of The Resurrection helps me understand part of the church’s great success. They have grown to 16,000 members in 19 years in part because of their commitment to radical hospitality.

         From the senior pastor to the lay volunteers, everyone at The Church Of The Resurrection works hard to make people feel welcome and cared for.

         Let me give one example.

         The 23 of us from North Carolina are all having withdrawal from the lack of sweet tea here in the Kansas heartland.

         One of the people at COR heard a member of my group pining for sweet tea. Without saying anything to my colleague, she immediately left the church, drove to the nearest Chik-Fil-A, and purchased a large sweet tea.

         As our first session of the day began, this pastor was presented with his delicious treat…to the envy of all the rest of our group.

         The person from COR who had done this, was not even there at the time of the presentation. She had already left for another assignment.

         It was a small gesture, and just one of many our group experienced this week, but it was telling for me about the culture of welcome, care, and love that Church of the Resurrection exudes to those who enter their church looking to experience the authentic love of God, expressed in the actions of Christ-followers.

         In 1 Peter 4:9, the Bible says:

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

         I have seen that scripture lived out in the words and actions of the people of the United Methodist Church Of The Resurrection this week.

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