If you’re thinking church is boring, or irrelevant. If you’re having trouble making the connection it might be more about you than church. Did I just say that? Well, I didn’t really say it, I wrote it, but let me explain. I once thought hockey was boring (I know, I know, I do remember what state I live in and how inflamatory that sentence really is). And I will say that today, I doubt you’d catch me watching any hockey on TV. However about a year or so ago now, one of the guys from Grace took me to a hockey game and he sat next to me telling me what was going on and explaining the game. I gained a huge appreciation for the sport and the athletes who play it. And I guarantee you if I went out now and got to play it a little, I would love it even more. The point is, the more I engaged, asked questions and stepped forward – the less boring and irrelevant it became. I’m convinced one of the reasons we can think church is boring or irrelevant is because we sit comfortably on the side lines and don’t get into the “game”. I believe this is also one of the reasons why many of our high school students in churches around the country graduate from high school and graduate from church — they’re not “leaving” church because they never were really a part of it! They were comfortably tucked away in a youth ministry and had little to no interaction with other generations, with church ministry, service and authentic worship. Whether your a student or an adult – life is about engagement! This is why our strategy here has been built around “steps”. The more we step forward to begin serving in a ministry, reaching out to a neighbor, plugging into a Catalyst — the more we begin to see our faith come alive and we begin to listen to sermons differently and we view activites differently as well. The big flaw in our strategy as a church is we can’t control the stepper — meaning, we can’t make anyone step forward — we can create the environments, provide the challenges — but ultimately the person needs to take the step. Now, I’ll give you that some churches don’t make it easy and some environments make it hard to see the relevance or the joy — so I’m not saying any church is off the hook here — but I wonder what would happen if we as the people began to think more about ways to engage and less about the products and services being offered. They may just find a way to not only come alive, but make the environment even better as they become part of the solution! What’s your next step?