Week 5 Transforming Church and community
Jesus calls us to not only make new disciples, but in the process to transform the world. That starts with transforming our church and our community into a more loving, Christ-centered, grace-filled place.
32. Pray for enthusiasm in hospitality.
“Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” Heb 13:2
True hospitality in the church shows guests that we welcome them to our church. As Bishop Schnase writes in Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, “Christian hospitality refers to the active desire to invite, welcome, receive, and care for those who are strangers so that they find a spiritual home and discover for themselves the unending richness of life in Christ.”9
• Pray for a spirit of hospitality to be evident in the people at our church.
• Pray that our hospitality will go beyond a cordial greeting to show God’s love to others.
• Pray that when guests attend our church they will experience our openness and hospitality.