There are only two forms of the church that ultimately matter. The universal church and the local church. Everything else is an add-on. Including buildings, furniture, styles of music, types of preaching, curriculum, and the subject of today’s article, denominations.
The world doesn’t need more Episcopalians.
No one wakes up with a hunger to be a Methodist.
No child says “I want to be Assemblies of God when I grow up.”
We live in a post-denominational world. The day of being Presbyterian because we grew up Presbyterian is ending. Actually, it’s already ended. Some of us just haven’t caught up with it yet.
People who don’t go to church aren’t longing to wear any of the labels church people wear so proudly and fight about so angrily. And they shouldn’t.
But they all have an ache to draw closer to Jesus. Even if they don’t realize it. Yet.
Many pastors feel pushed to grow, but don’t the help they need when that growth fails to materialize.
I’ve been thinking and praying about this situation since receiving the messages asking for help from frustrated pastors. From that thought and prayer, as well as from the many conversations I’m having with fellow Small Church pastors, I’ve written a starter list for how church officials can help us. When it comes to helping Small Church pastors – which, by the way, is the vast majority of churches in every denomination, fellowship, movement, network and faith – these might be a good place to begin.
The push to build bigger churches continues full steam ahead in many (maybe most) American denominations. In the past few weeks, I’ve received several cries for help from Small Church pastors because of the damage this push is causing. Today I’m posting two of those messages. One was a comment on this blog. The other was a …