We talk about being “members” of a church, but that makes it sound like church is some kind of organisation that doesn’t welcome others in who aren’t members and requires us to complete some kind of application form before being allowed to join – I don’t know about you, but that’s not the image of church I want church to portray to others.

Church is not an organisation you join; it is a family where you belong, a home where you are loved and a hospital where you find healing. ~ Nicky Gumbel

So let’s make sure our churches places where others feel they can come and receive love, friendship and healing, without needing to meet a set of requirements – The only requirement is that you are a child of God, and we all meet that requirement!

So come just as you are to church – Here’s the Sydney Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing Come Just As You Are:


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