This is one paragraph that I can't help but quote. Kevin Ford, in his book, Transforming Church, writes about helping a church change to become outward focused:
"I believe most churches fail in the journey of change because they start off offering people an adventure rather than a quest. As I state in chapter 1, Tolkien writes that an adventurer seeks treasure without the necessity of transformation, while someone on a quest is forever changed, often in the very process of losing a treasure. Church leaders often promise that being a Christian will yield great treasure, but they fail to understand Christ's central paradox concerning purpose: 'If you give up your life for me, you will find it' (Matthew 10:39). Reaching out involves loss - a loss of comfort, a loss of self-focus, and perhaps a loss of some personal enjoyment."
Thanks Kevin for this insight.
Enjoy the journey, it will change your life.