The other day I was talking with someone and they mentioned a question that was posed to their congregation – a difficult question.
The question was this: Who don’t you want in your congregation?
What type of people don’t you want in your congregation and why?
What are the characteristics? And why?
By extension, under what circumstances would you fit into a category of someone that was not wanted in your congregation?
These are not easy questions. But we should struggle with them. And be honest. And see our own brokenness. And then move forward with mercy and compassion.