OAQ #3: Do We Really Need Another Church?
OAQ (Occasionally Asked Questions) is a series of posts meant to answer some of the most common questions we receive when we tell people about Trinity Kenya. Though they aren’t asked frequently enough for an FAQ, we thought an OAQ might be nice.
In a perfect world, there would be no need to start new churches. If things went according to God’s design, we would all worship him together. But we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a world full of imperfect people and imperfect churches – a world where no church is everything God intends for us to be.
As such, there are many people who have had direct or indirect experience with church, and have walked away never to return. Sometimes, in those cases, a “change of scenery” is in order. We want to do our part to see to it that one church experience doesn’t cause someone to walk away from God, even if they walk away from that church.
Over the course of the past few years, as we’ve listened to Kenyans and internationals from around the globe, we’ve heard from many who desire to go to church, but have a difficult time connecting with local church communities. Presumably, we could wag our finger and tell them they need to suck it up and go to church, but in reality, they probably wouldn’t go.
Our solution, then, is to provide an alternative expression of church that just might be intriguing enough for people to check out. We will offer a functional community where people can laugh together, cry together, and live life deeply with each other – knowing an being known.
So, do we really need another church? Yes. And as long as there are people who haven’t connected to a God-centered community, we will continue to start new churches around the world.