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Important Question

September 10, 2008

As a dad, as a husband, as a family pastor, I’m asked a lot of important questions.  What do you think we should do about…how much money does it take to…how do we fix…what school should…what’s the purpose of…?

Most of these questions come from people I know, people I’m close to.  But today, I had a VERY important question come from a stranger.  A question so great that I was doing cartwheels of excitement in my head before she could even finish it.  It came from the waitress that served me and 2 of my volunteer preschool coaches at lunch.

Realizing we were from Oak Leaf (we were there for an hour and 1/2 talking about preschool ministry), she asked me about the church – where we are meeting, when we started, etc.  After answering her curiosity, she leaned in close and firmly and seriously asked, “Now are ya’ll a church for people with real problems…can I bring people to your service that are dealing with real junk?”  She then gave me some examples.  Apparently she’s had some not-so-good experiences with church people looking down on her friends and not having a welcoming attitude.

Needless to say, I was PUMPED about answering her with a resounding YES!  I explained that her question is the primary reason God brought Oak Leaf to Cartersville.  Yes you can bring your messed up co-workers.  Yes you can bring your problems.  Yes you can bring your imperfect past and present.  Yes your dysfunctional family can all participate.  Yes!  Yes! Yes!  Yes!

Encounters like the one above remind me of Oak Leaf’s mission statement:  Leading people from where they are to where God wants them to be. As we get older as a church (wow, we are only 2…still so young), I pray none of us EVER EVER EVER get bored or tired or discouraged from INVITING others and spreading the word that our front door is ALWAYS open…for everyone.