Pastor and author Tim Keller has said churches should feel more like the waiting room for a doctor than the waiting room for a job interview. I’m a sucker for a good word picture, so think about it. For a job interview you want to appear confident, competent, at the top of your game. And if there are others waiting there with you, looking impressive and intimidating isn’t too bad either! But in a doctor’s waiting room it’s the opposite. You really don’t care. People naturally assume everyone there is sick. Anyone present is in need of some help. Each one's presence declares, "I'm done trying to fix myself by myself."
In the same way, Christians are weak. There’s no need to pretend otherwise. When we gather, as different as we all are, there’s one thing we share in common: Christ’s grace is sufficient, for in our weakness he is made strong. (2 Cor 12:9)
So I’m with Jeff Vanderstelt, another pastor and author of the book Saturate. “Jesus is not ashamed to call me a brother, nor is he ashamed to associate with a church full of broken people. If our church were to gain a reputation of being full of people who need Jesus’s grace, well, that would be great!” After all, “If we don’t believe we need the gospel, we will not believe the gospel. If we don’t believe the gospel, we won’t proclaim it either.”