We're not often comfortable with messes in church. We prefer to keep things neat and tidy with smiles and small talk. But when God birthed the church 2,000 years ago, He didn't build an organization or a corporation, He created a family--a community of real people who share their authentic selves, no matter how messy, while holding out the good news of Jesus Christ. When we see our church through the paradigm of a multigenerational family, we combine the wisdom, experience and resources of age with the strength, energy and innovation of youth. We learn to fight fairly, love deeply and share willingly as we invite others to belong to something greater than themselves--God's family.

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