No this isn’t a post about the book series. This is more a post about people who claim our church as their home church but rarely come. A church, like many organizations, is a moving, growing thing. There is a timeline that it follows. It has a birth place and it has several markers along it’s life that are significant. And if someone doesn’t attend regularly and become a vital part of the church, they get left behind.
It’s not that we want to leave them behind. It’s not that they are not loved and welcome and valued. But attendance is mandatory. And if they don’t attend, they don’t engage, they don’t reciprocate the relationship, eventually, because of the moving timeline, the get left behind. And that is one of the hardest things for a person like me to deal with. I don’t like it when people are left. No matter how hard we try to keep them on the journey with us, it is still hard when they just choose not to go.