From Hollow Sundays To Empty Church
I asked a question this past week: what is the worst part about going to church? I asked this because it was a question I was personally struggling with. I noticed the past few months that I was planning excuses not to go to church the night before. I just didn't feel like going. But why?
I've attended church since I was a baby and while there were some weeks I would have rather slept in or others where I knew that going to church would mean missing out on something else, I had never gone through this long of a "slump." So what was it about church that made me not want to go? Since it was my week to pick a topic for Empty Conversation, I thought I'd see if anyone else didn't like something about church. Maybe someone else's pain point would be my core reason for not wanting to attend.
Listen to the things we don't like about going to church
We discussed a lot of reasons that resonated with me (you can check them out on the ec1dot20 podcast). But it wasn't until our ride home from Starbucks after recording that it all came together for me. The worst part of church for me was the lack of connection and discipleship, the feeling of attending church instead of being apart of the church. Let me clarify, I've been apart of connect groups and discipleship groups but there is a difference between attending something and truly being a part of something.
I think that's why Empty Church has meant so much to me these past few months. And I'm not just saying that because I'm married to the guy who came up with the idea. It's because I'm apart of something; I share my life with this group of people, I share my faith and my doubts, I share my faults and my triumphs, and I share in all of theirs as well. Empty Church is that missing piece, it fills the void of what used to be the worst part of church for me.
What is the worst part of going to church for you? If you had the chance to attend an Empty Church, would you?