Posted by: pastordarren | March 28, 2009

The Missing Link

I hate it when I click on a link and the message comes up that the link is broken or missing.  When I click on a link and expect one thing but get left hanging, it is very frustrating.  I either then have to take time to search for the information or accept that it is not there.

I began thinking about this in relation to the church (of course).  Where do we have broken or missing links in our churches?  These broken links happen when people come expecting something, but what happens either does not measure up to what was advertised or it does not happen at all.  Some examples may be:

  • We have childcare but there really is none.
  • We have a good nursery and childcare facility but it is hard to find and not a good place to leave children.
  • Sunday school classes for all ages but the teachers are late or decided not to come.
  • We are a friendly congregation but visitors and new members are kept at arms length.
  • We talk lift up Jesus but Jesus is hardly mentioned.

These are just a few possible examples.  I believe that we need to watch these broken links within the church  because they can be frustrating and misleading to people when they are discovered. 

Another way to look at it is this, “Where are we not making  connection?”  If we believe we have the good news for humanity, where are we not connecting with humanity, our community, our neighbors, friends, and even church people?  Many times these connections work like the links on a website and are based upon relationships and relating to where they are at in their lives.

What are some missing and broken links that you have found in the churches you have seen and been a part of, and more importantly, how can they be fixed?


  1. I can think of one possible solution. It is as difficult as it is simple. Take I, me, my out of the equation. Aren’t most of our decisions based on our own needs, expectations, desires? We have broken and missing links because in some cases we are inwardly focused instead of focusing on the mission at hand. We become so wrapped up in ourselves that we can’t see the people, their needs, their hurts, their expectations, that God has placed in our path.

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