Todd Hiestand gives some helpful words on how the church is like a family:

  • You don’t “go to family.” Rather, you are part of a family.
  • In a family, belonging comes from who you are, not what you do.
  • There are traditions and practices that have meaning to your life together.
  • Healthy family members freely give of themselves to one another.
  • Healthy families are open and inviting to others.
  • In healthy families, its hard, but we send our kids off to college and they are still part of the family.
  • There is room for extended family.
  • When you “leave” a family its usually a violent break.
  • In a family, you are forced to deal with problems

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