Oops…I just “churched”

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photo credit: Clarksville Now

I know that the word “church” isn’t grammatically an action verb.

But neither is the word “Facebook,” and we use it like it is.

“I’ll Facebook you later today…”

“What’s your name? Great…I’ll Facebook you!”

Neither is the word “Google,” but we verb it up, too.

“I have no idea what the population of Idaho is, so I’ll Google it.”

So can you give me a little leeway? Because last Saturday, I “churched.” By that, I mean I WAS the Church. I didn’t attend a mass. Or give my tithes. Or sit in a pew. I didn’t hand out welcome bulletins or greet new visitors.

I was “the Church” in action verb form.

On Saturday, I was a part of a mobilizing of people from Grace Community Church who worked to make a difference here in our city. We called it Operation Serve, and this is the 6th year we’ve done this. We worked in partnership with the city of Clarksville to send out over 1200 volunteers.

Some of us remodeled houses.

Some landscaped.

Some played with special needs children.

Others worked on projects with non-profits.

Did we serve because it’s the cool thing to do? Nope.

Did we serve because that’s what we were told we had to do? Nope.

We served because that’s what the Church does. The Church serves because we follow the lead of our Savior who served us. Our Savior who is in the business of making old things new again, righting wrongs, and healing the broken.

We served expecting nothing in return. We didn’t have a string attached to our hammers that said, “We will help if you _____.” We don’t serve so that we can get something in return, but because that’s what we were created to do. That’s who we are and how we love.

We serve because we’ve been served. We love because we’ve been loved. We give because we’ve been given much.

This Sunday, millions will gather to worship. They’ll “go to church.” And while that’s an important part of being a follower of Christ, we want to remind the world that we, the Church, don’t simply exist to gather in our own little huddles. The Church is here to make a difference in our community. To leave things better than we found it.

Last Saturday, we put our faith on display.

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. – James 2:18

*Photo credit: Clarksville Now


Christ follower, husband, father, writer, small groups pastor at Saddleback Community Church. Communications director for the Small Group Network.

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  • http://somewiseguy.com ThatGuyKC

    Amen. It’s so easy for us to show up on Sunday (usually late) and “give” an hour or so of our week and go through the motions of “church”.

    I think we Christians are the “best” excuse makers when it comes to avoiding service and yet when we do we experience such joy.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      That’s so true, KC. We are the best excuse makers. Yet we should be the ones who are the best “servers” on the planet. To our shame.

  • http://larryhehn.com Larry Hehn

    Wow, that could be contagious. Pretty soon people could be churching all over the place!

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      I know, Larry. I better be careful. Thanks for the warning. :)

  • http://bit.ly/hWr7Cw Rob T

    I like it.  This should def. catch on.  just as long as we don’t act all “churchy” when we church.  :-)

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      I agree, Rob. And I’m afraid that as soon as it becomes “churchy” it will become less like the Church.

  • http://thomasmarkzuniga.com TMZ

    I got my first taste of true “churching” this summer while working with a youth missions camp in Milwaukee, and I’ve truly never felt more fulfilled, volunteering with various ministries and ministering to precious youth all summer. I need to church more often.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      We all do!