is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather
be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the
wicked.” Psalm 84:10
This is the scripture that Door Holders at Passion City Church use to
explain their role. A Door Holder sees the glory inside, and chooses
to hold the door open for others to experience it. This seems to be
the mantra that PCC works by.
Today, I was with several Christian friends at a Steak n Shake, and
we started talking about various churches. Passion City came up in
conversation, and a very condemning thing was said about my home
church: it doesn't really serve. It is a brand. It is the experience
of worship. The church asks for my money, and for amazing things, and
it deals with massive, weighty issues – but I attend the church,
and I have not one time served the needy in the area.
Passion City is “for God, for People, for the City, for the World.”
I feel the church as a whole narrows on the onerous “world”
problems, while neglecting the people around it. Either that, or I
haven't been queued into the monthly service events that PCC serves
the community in. PCC has a periodic free dinner for their
college-aged attendees – no! PCC has special gatherings for its
collegiates – NO!
Passion City Church has such a large congregation of people that we
only ask to come for one service a week. There are smaller events
that aren't run directly by Passion that bear its name –
fan-groups, if you will – but for the most part I feel that people
attend this church because it is an unparalleled worship experience.
Because they are not told of opportunities to serve there, they go
home thinking there aren't any. Instead of asking them to find these
opportunities on their own, why not find them?
I would rather go out with my Passion family to the tents of the
wicked. I get the feeling this verse silently continues,
“Though Your courts are open to all, and I
will spend a thousand days in the tents of the wicked, and be the
doorkeeper to them when they come to Your courts.”(Non Scriptura)
Passion City Church is a force for God in this
world, and I want the best for it. To do this, I will direct more of
my energies to helping the city around me, and telling them about
Passion. While doing this, I will lobby for Passion to do the same.
Matthew 9:37-38 depicts this beautifully:
he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the
workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out
workers into his harvest field." Matthew 9:37-38
will leave on this. This last passage is my aim in life. I wan to be
that worker. If you know a way for this message to get to Louie or
anyone working on Passion's staff, please send this to them. I do
not want to send it myself, for I feel it would be an affront to the
humble nature I strive to attain in this world of pride. I will stay
late next Sunday, asking for an ear.