Do we meet God outside of the church?
I’m sure we do. I experience God in all sorts of places. In my work I often ask people where they feel close to God and almost all of them talk of places other than a church building. Not that they don’t ever feel God’s presence in church, but the vast majority of people experience God in lots of other places. On top of mountains, washing the dishes, in bed or on a train.
How do we value these kinds of experience of God? Does our church language enable us to help people see that these experiences of God are just as relevant and valuable as any experience of God we might have inside a church? Or do we never mention that God lives outside the church?