I’ve been part of several churches in which the leaders were very concerned with involvement. What does that mean? It means that they wanted people to be involved with their church programs. Some even had staff members who were paid to make sure that people got involved.
At the end of When the Church Was a Family, Joseph H. Hellerman makes the following statement:
Church involvement in the New Testament sense means the development of intimate, healthy, long-lasting relationships with one’s brothers and sisters in Christ. (223)
Is Hellerman correct? Is there a difference between getting people involved in programs and activities and getting them involved in intimate, healthy, long-lasting relationships?
(By the way, I’ve finished reading Hellerman’s book, and I’m working on a review. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone!)