Many people walk away from their church for various reasons including hurt, disillusionment and a sense of not connecting with God in a real way. On the other side of the coin, there are many who want to attend church but cannot due to circumstances such as illness, disability, isolation, abandonment and more. Whatever the situation, the fundamental question is who will serve and support these people? What resources do they have to deepen their relationship with God and where can they find a warm, caring and supportive community - outside of the conventional modern church?
The idea that people leave church because they never really loved God or were never fully committed is often false. A new Barna study has found that a growing number of people love Jesus, but are disillusioned by church. Surprisingly, the study found that their beliefs about God are more orthodox than the general population, even rivaling their church-going counterparts. They still do love Jesus and still believe in Scripture and most of the tenets of their Christian faith. But they have lost faith in the [modern] church.1
When the above factors are taken into consideration, it is clear to us that The Church Today needs to serve three distinct groups of people. These are:
1. People who cannot attend church due to physical or circumstantial limitations.
2. People who love Jesus, but feel that the modern church does not represent Jesus' church, Jesus' way.
3. Churches who are losing members and don't know how to support them or bring them back.
If you fit into any of these three categories, The Church Today may be for you.
"All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation"
- 2 Corinthians 5:18 (NIV)