I asked the same question about ministers so it seems only right that I ask the same question about members / people who attend church / adherents / punters (delete or insert as necessary).
What are church members for?
Is their role to turn up on a Sunday morning, sing, close their eyes at the appropriate time and put enough cash in the offering to pay for the minister / roof /organ repair (delete or insert as necessary)?
Is their role to listen to the well prepared and inspirational / rambling incoherent (delete or insert as necessary) sermon?
Or is there something else that the punters in the pews should be up to?
When you ask a congregation to bring a friend to church next week some of them look like you have asked for one of their kidneys. Some looked as though they’d rather give you the kidney! I don’t think they are unusual in that.
What does mission mean in your church community?
What does it look like? Who does it? Who organises it?
Or would you rather give me a kidney (delete or insert as necessary)?