so they can ignore you

I am seriously challenged and inspired by Seth Godin.  Yesterday he wrote a one sentence blog that kicked me in the brain:

“The reason they want you to fit in is that once you do, they can ignore you.”

Now, as a Pastor, I want people to be part of our church. I think it is a great place to serve and worship.  But with this quote in mind, I began thinking about assimilation. What i mean by assimilation is the process of taking someone who visits our church once to becoming an excited member who will obey the Gospel.

Some people are easily assimilated and others never are.  Some people believe it is the responsibility of the pastor, others believe it is the responsibility of the church members, and I believe it is a combination.  Some people require effort and attention in order to be assimilated and others seem to be on autopilot.

No matter the process, hoping people get plugged in so that we can stop devoting effort and attention to them seems amiss in my thoughts.  Hebrews 10:25 says, “let us encourage one another”. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “encourage one another and build each other up”.

If we ignore one another we are living contrary to scripture, but unfortunately one person cannot devote himself or herself to every person in the church. So, it takes us all encouraging and building each other up.

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