Churches can be both attractive and missional. But our primary focus must never be on making our church attractive, but rather on making disciples. Being an attractive church is positive, assuming of course that “attraction” serves as a gateway to bring people in, bring them to Christ, grow them in Christ, and train them to be ambassadors for Christ.
Some may move toward grace because they are afraid to hurt someone else’s feelings, or out of a desire to be liked. For them, it may be difficult to have the courage to speak the truth. But if we think about the kinds of communities we want to be a part of, and to help create, both grace and truth matter. It’s not grace OR truth. It’s grace AND truth.