According to research conducted by the Barna Group, the holidays are tough for people who aren’t connected to faith communities or other civic groups. They feel isolated by experiences that bring others joy, such as giving gifts, singing carols and attending religious services and parties.
“In past decades,” writes George Barna, “there was an assumption that the holidays were a time when outsiders might explore church life. These days, however, churches and other religious institutions are not seen as safe or value-adding places by most outsiders. They see little reason to attend seasonal events, especially since those events often highlight their outsider status.”
This Christmas, how can you help someone feel welcome and “attached” at your church?
“When God wants to speak and deal with us,” said Martin Luther, “he does not avail himself of an angel but of parents, or the pastor, or of our neighbor.”
Never underestimate how powerfully God can use you in the life of a child, a church member, a friend or a stranger.
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