It’s the preferred way many people like to think of their church – extended family. What better metaphor for describing the potential for a church community to be as close, vulnerable, and supportive as one’s own kin? There are some pitfalls to this metaphor, though, as family for one person might be comforting whereas for others it is fraught with trauma. On top of that, some families are very open and some are very closed. In this article from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Lee Ann M. Pomrenkel offers context around how the metaphor or family could and could not work for potential church visitors.