5 Practices of Fruitful Congregations - Radical Hospitality

There was a time in my life as a young teenager when I did not feel welcome anywhere - at school, at home, at church. I can remember the moment that all changed - it was on a mission trip to San Marcos. A guy named Patrick Gaither, a person I looked up to, randomly spoke up and said, "David, I think you are pretty cool." Those words changed my life! Patrick didn't stop with that, he always made sure I was included and felt welcome. I am not sure that I would be in ministry today had it not been for him. That is Radical Hospitality!

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Radical means to affect the fundamental nature of something, so radical hospitality is fundamently changing our mindset of why and how we welcome people to our church. Bishop Schnase says, "Congregations that practice Radical Hospitality demonstrate an 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. Radical describes that which is drastically different from ordinary practices, outside the normal, that which exceeds expectations and goes the second mile."

I think Rockbridge is good at Hospitality, but not yet RADICAL! How do you think we become agents of Radical Hospitality at Rockbridge?