1 Samuel 22:2 (NLT2)
Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men.
So often churches fail just because their church has become a social club for certain individuals who feel they belong and shut the door on others.
Having a sense of belonging is a common experience. Belonging means acceptance as a member or part. Such a simple word for huge concept. A sense of belonging is a human need, just like the need for food and shelter. Feeling that you belong is most important in seeing value in life and in coping with intensely painful emotions.
Some seek belonging through excluding others. That reflects the idea that there must be those who don’t belong in order for there to be those who do. Yet a single instance of being excluded can undermine self-control and well being and often creates pain and conflict.
A sense of belonging to a greater community improves your motivation, health, and happiness. When you see your connection to others, you know that all people struggle and have difficult times. You are not alone. There is comfort in that knowledge.
There is a simple approach to make visitors feel they belong. In my 47 years of ministry I have yet to meet a stranger……..