Paul writes, “…there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free people, between men and women; you are all one in union with Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:28). If Paul wrote today would he add that there was no difference between white and black people, between gay and straight, or between old and young people? Writing in Let Justice Flow the author says, “For Paul, Christ’s commands to love God and love neighbour are as simple as that. In his way od looking at the world, Christians are called to hold no prejudice, use their privilege for good and be wary of the power they possess.
I have never read a church profile that says that a church is unwelcoming and unfriendly, but the actions of some congregations preclude others. Tutting at children’s noise, ignoring the person of different colour, avoiding contact with the wheel chair user are signs of separation and barrier within the church and could be evidence of prejudice and hospitality outside the church.
Why not invite the Synod Church and Society lead to arrange to send a ‘secret worshipper’ to your church and learn whether you really are a friendly and welcoming as you think?