Fundamental Attribution Error
We tend to attribute the lack of missional activity in the church to people’s apathy. We tend to ignore the situation and just look at the behaviour. We then draw inaccurate inferences. We look at an apathetic disposition as the reason for the behaviour. But what if the people are scared because of a previous rejection and the way they hide it, is through apathy. We can’t see this situation because it is hidden from us. These rejections are often in the mind of the person we are observing and we just cannot see them at all. We need to realise that people ‘are’ afraid of being in mission and invite them to talk about their fear and then perhaps they can go on an invite someone to take a closer look at Christ and his church.