Jamie at “(e)mergent Voyageurs” has copied a newspaper article by Harry Lehotsky in his blog post called “Tuesdays With Harry – The Ellice Cafe“. In the original article, Lehotsky describes how a church started a restaurant in a dowtown area in order to help the people of the community and to help revitalize the area. Consider this excerpt:
For 21 years, I’ve pastored this inner-city church. I started in stereotypical fashion, going door-to-door, asking people if they wanted to attend a new church. I knocked on the doors of all the homes, apartment blocks and rooming houses in the neighbourhood.
I was able to count on one hand the people who expressed an interest in checking out a new church. An ordained Baptist minister with a seminary degree, I wondered if perhaps this was the wrong place or wrong time for a church — or perhaps that I was just the wrong person for the job.I decided to go back through the neighbourhood and ask different questions. “What are you interested in? What are your concerns in the neighbourhood?”
Suddenly, people were willing to talk.
Are we in the church willing to meet people in their needs and talk about issues that they are concerned about? If we do not care enough about people and their concerns, why should they care to hear our good news?