A Very Revealing Email

I received an email from one of our staff the other day. It was not atypical—just the kind of email I get all the time from our team. But I realized, after reading it, how revealing it was about the kind of church Meck is and the values that set it apart.

People hear that we are a church of 10,000 or so active attenders, and it's not news. They hear we have five campuses. Again, there are churches that are larger and with more sites. But they hear that we have more than 70% of our growth coming from the unchurched, and they are stunned.

And rightly so.

We are, too.

They want to know how we pull this off. There is, essentially, only one answer: We truly are on a mission to the unchurched. Lots of churches have that in their rhetoric, fewer in their reality. We would be much, much larger if we were to change our focus to the already convinced.

But what does that mean?

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