What kind of hospitality can a pastor and spouse offer to their church family?
When we at Circle Church were new and few, David and I would bring the visitors from a Sunday morning service home to dinner. We never knew who would fellowship with us beforehand. The table was set for eight. The basic food preparations were completed. And, we would load our valiant Volkswagen with whomever seemed not to have a place to eat.
For years, every other Friday night we would invite 12 to 16 people to dinner. Through these efforts, as well as frequent home-based church meetings, the regular attenders were often under our roof. As we grew to a highly mobile congregation of several hundred, I realized it would be impossible to continue at this pace.
Even so, it never entered my mind that I should consequently refrain from opening our private lives. The Lord was able to make me aware that my role was not to invite every one of 500, but rather to stimulate an atmosphere of hospitality.
I could most certainly demonstrate the expectation of hospitality being extended in all the homes of our people. The burden in our hearts—placed there by the power of the Holy Spirit—to live in such a way that we demonstrated a lifestyle of “open homes-open lives,” while it may be rooted in the attitude of the staff, must spread to the lives of the laity and continue to be tended by all.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen Mains serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This micro-finance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
Karen has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
An award-winning author of several other books, Karen continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
Likewise, pastors will find special resources to help them prepare effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.