Centro Cristiano in Brunete, Spain has managed to do something I very much admire. They’ve formed a Gospel Choir for their church.
Of completely unsaved singers.
The idea started as an outreach idea by the church’s elders, one of which is a dynamic Ukrainian singer and worship leader, Natasha (seen singing center-stage, bottom photo). They saw the choir as a vehicle to get people in their city excited about art, about sharing their love of music, and ultimately about exposing them to the church. As a result, these singers are being utterly surrounded by Christians, and therefore Jesus.
Jennifer and I had the honor of sharing the stage with the choir for our tour finale Sunday night. Their sheer joy of being onstage was contagious. Their radiant faces said all that needed to be communicated: thank you for including us.
I know many churches where such an idea wouldn’t fly, their devout stances on Christian standards getting in the way. And I can not fault them for their passions. However I do commend Centro Cristiano for their ability to include unbelievers in the momentum of their church, with the singular idea of building relationships.
This is truly a case of putting the love of people before the love of religion. Of the Church moving from evangelism by intrusion and invasion to evangelism by invitation.
Perhaps some of your own religious prejudices are getting in the way of answering the heart-questions of the very people you’re called to reach.
Sometimes all it takes is an invitation to come sing. ch:
[PICTURES COURTESY OF PENSA BRUNETE]