The church is in actuality the marvelously true body of Christ roaming earth. If we note Jesus' walk when here, we'll get a pattern for us now. The pattern is not worship style for Jesus spent little time on such a topic. Neither is the pattern church organization.....if you follow Jesus. His pattern was always one main thing....people.
People touching people in ministry will turn a congregation around. Specifically people with ailments and issues need to be accepted by the present-day Jesus. He pleaded with us to avoid greeting our brothers only. Many churches remain strong on doctrinal opinion, yet completely and fearfully distant to actually touching the hurting in the community. Their practice is to do-church-right which includes criticizing those whom they are certain do-church-wrong.
Several matters turned Memorial upside down in an enormously favorable way. The strongest is the increasing action of welcoming and ministering to the ignored and hurting underdogs (people). We make effort to house some of the homeless. One one Sunday morning a couple of years back we had a wedding ceremony just after the invitation song for a couple who had been living in their truck. The sweet groom wore a single bloom in the pocket of his navy blue t-shirt. One member baked them a small wedding cake and the couple sat on the front pew following the ceremony and stared in awe at "their" wedding cake. We eventually baptized both and I expect to hug them again in just about an hour on this Sunday morning.
I did a wedding for a street couple who was certain they'd have a crowd at their ceremony. They knocked on my door telling me a preacher was going to charge them a lot of money to do their wedding and would I do it for $10. I told them, No, I can't do it for $10....but I can do it if you'll let me pay you $40. They had nothing. Her dress must have come from a Klothes Kloset of sort. It didn't fit. He was dressed in jeans a couple of sizes too small, misfitting hand-me-down shoes, and a plain shirt. Only one witness showed up for their event...and no one else. It was a touching ceremony. I paid them $40 to do their wedding.
Last Sunday morning a couple visiting for the third Sunday in a row sat on the front pew in response to the invitation. He was recently released from prison. Both arms are tattooed so much they appear to be sleeves. We swarmed them! They came to us through the food pantry. They are working little jobs and various members are keeping them supplied in food and driving them to jobs.
If you want to know of some move which might encourage your congregation may I point out there were those who were absorbed in proper doctrine and they were the ones who sent Jesus to the cross. While they baited their religious traps, he moved about touching the untouchables. Nothing has changed. We are the body of Jesus.....now! May we see the people around us who aren't like us and treat them the way Jesus did. This real doctrine of his....people....will transform a congregation.