I believe that in any vital and healthy church there are four kinds of people.
- People who don’t know Jesus, we used to call them seekers back in the 1990’s and 2000’s. These are people who are there for a variety of reasons. They don’t Jesus in a life transforming way. Some are there because they are made to come, others who are asking questions. The church needs people who are asking questions.
- People who are “new born.” They are in the infancy of their faith journey. Sometimes we have people who are in the infancy of their faith journey 40,50, 3 even 60 years later.
- The little shop of horrors Christian. I use this, now obscure analogy, which comes from the movie Little Shop of Horrors. In that movie Rick Moranis who plays Seymour Krelborn who works in a little flower shop. He finds this unique plant that as it grows it keeps asking to be fed, growing larger and more demanding as the movie goes on. All Christians go through this phase of needing to be fed. But we need to grow to the place where we can feed ourselves. Nothing is worse than a church full of little Shop of Horrors Christians. Growing larger and more demanding, demanding that they be fed.
- Disciples. These are the mature Christians who know how to feed themselves. Not only that but they serve with joy. They know the mission of reaching one more for God’s Kingdom and they are working in that mission field. Disciples help feed the new borns and the Little Shop of Horrors Christians. They also can urge both of these groups of people to mature in their faith.
These are the groups that I think are necessary for a church to be vital in today’s world. Which one of these are you?