We’re Listening

Maybe you never put it into these words before, but many people — ranging from life-long church goers to tried it once-ers — have felt that “church just didn’t work for me”.  Maybe it was cultural.  Maybe it was theological.  Maybe it was just practical.

The Woo seeks to be a faith community that “works” for those that church isn’t working for.  We are thoughtful about what we do and how we do it.  And though we certainly will not please everyone, we hope that we will be a place that YOU will like and find helpful.

To make this dream a reality we need to know what you are actually looking for in a faith community.  If you would, take a few minutes to tell us what a church that works for you would look like!  Are you looking for friends?  Are you looking for culturally sensitive and sustainable volunteer opportunities?  Are you just looking for hot singles?  😉

Whatever it is, tell us so that we can try to be a church that represents Worcester, and YOU, to the best of our ability.

And just so you know, to leave a comment you DON’T have to give us your name or email.  And if you do give it to us, rest assured that it won’t be published, sold, or put into our newsletter list (or anything else); scout’s honor!

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  1. What a great idea, I hope a lot of people comment!

  2. I’m looking for a church that will explain what prayer really is… how you pray… and what you are supposed to get from prayer. I’m looking for a church that isn’t filled with people that tell me what to do but shows me how to find my answers on my own. I am looking for a church that actually gives back to the community instead of pretending that they do good by other people.

  3. A church that is humble and doesn’t over promise. Having a place like this to give feedback helps.

  4. A church where all religions are respected.

  5. Submitted during Sunday Service

    Lots of fun and opportunities for self-reflection. Thanks.

  6. Light should shine in people’s eyes.

  7. Submitted during Sunday Service

    A welcoming, always loving community.

  8. I really like my current church, but if there was one thing I could have that I don’t now, it would be support from the larger community for smaller sub-communities of faith. Not only worship groups of scores or hundreds, but of 5 or 6. People do this now, but these smaller communities don’t really interface with the larger community all that well.

  9. a church that doesnt feel like a church, one free of judgement that takes me as I am

  10. I’m looking for a community of people who are crazy about Jesus that are committed to living life and it’s ensuing struggles together. I’m looking for a place that has lots of opportunities to get connect to lots of activities. I want to go someplace where everyone feels welcomed and we are all just doing our best to crawl into God’s lap and rest.

  11. it would be humble and warm toward all truth-seekers… it wouldn’t operate as though it has figured out all of truth and as though we can carry it around in our pocket

  12. A place good for my whole family; that my kids like and I’m not bored.

  13. A church that has many people my age that I can make friends with and hang out with. And a church that follows the Bible and doesn’t pick and choose what rules to follow. They’re in there for a reason.

  14. I’m looking for a church with a knowledgeable pastor who isn’t a pedophile, a liar, or an egotistical maniac.

  15. I’m looking for a place where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered people are welcome with open arms and no strings attached, unlike other churches who only welcome members of the LGBT community to tell them, “we love you so much we can’t let you stay the way God made you.” I am a heterosexually married ally Christian who believes the Church and churches need to take another look at scripture and reexamine what is really said about same-sex monogamous relationships, in addition to how we are supposed to treat the oppressed. Is the Woo a community where this type of self-reflection is happening?

    • Hey Andrea,

      I’m sorry I never replied to your comment and question (and thanks for it!). It so happens that I spoke about this topic about a month after you asked. If you are interested in hearing it, it’s here: http://thewoo.org/media.php?pageID=5. Certainly this talk is not the end all be all, it’s more a starting point in my mind, but at least it does answer your question with a hearty “YES!”.

      If you get around to listening to it, would you let me know what you think here or at lucas@thewoo.org? Thanks!

      • Whoops, the link didn’t go directly to the talk. The talk is from 10/28 and is titled, “A Church Where Everyone Doesn’t Agree (and why that’s Biblical)”. Warning, it’s the longest talk I ever gave, a whopping 1 hour and 2 minutes.

  16. A church that is less focused on serving itself as an institution and is more interested in being a movement to serve others; a church that doesn’t give a scriptural “band-aid” to problems, but uses scripture as the starting point to a long involved process of helping broken people.

    • I couldn’t agree more! There’s a quote from a good book on such things (http://www.amazon.com/Compassion-Justice-Christian-Life-Rethinking/dp/0830743790) that often comes to mind as I make decisions, I can’t remember it word for word but it was something like, “it used to be that what was good for the church, was good for the community, so the community supported what was good for the church (e.g. giving the church prime public land because they would be a center for all kinds of community programs); now what is good for the church, is often not good for the community (e.g. blocking the building of low income housing so that the church can have more parking space), so the community doesn’t support or want the church”. We’re certainly not there yet, but we totally agree and we are trying. If you have any ideas how we can do this better, please let me know! Lucas@thewoo.org

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