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A Big Christian Group Hug

A Big Christian Group Hug

We are in the middle of an experiment.  It is not grand by any means.  It is simply a test.
A test to see how our church responds to the community and how the community responds to our church.
It is called The Buckhead Music Project.
The premise is simple.
Take the amazing musicians and singer songwriters in our church and unleash them into the bars and clubs of Atlanta.
Most people know more people than not that would never step foot into a church.
Or so I thought.
We’ll go to them.
When we initially announced this idea there was a great buzz.  I could begin to sense that these venues were going to have a line wrapped around the block with no room at the inn.  So I made a call.
Tell our church people that they are not allowed into the venue unless they have a person that would never step foot into our church or any church with them.
This rule accomplished 2 things.
1.  It suddenly cut our attendees by 95% and made lots of room in the bars for the people we actually want there.
2.  It made me realize how many Christians have relationships with zero non Christians.
So we are only half way through our little experiment called the Buckhead Music Project.
Both nights at Vinyl and Andrews Upstairs have been packed.
But they were packed with the right people.
After all the planning and implementation I think the thing I am going to take away from this first phase is that we need to stop spending so much time together.
The church cannot reach the city unless the city knows it is trying to be reached.
And you knew the worst part of it all.
I had to break my own rule.
What steps have you taken to build real relationships with people outside your faith?

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