12 CHURCH THINGS I THINK IT MAKE SENSE TO ME

12 CHURCH THINGS I THINK IT MAKE SENSE TO ME

So, I’m probably writing a bit out of frustration today. I’ve seen these things in churches over the past year, and they make little sense to me: 

  1. Building facilities for “outreach,” but then limiting usage to church members. Outreach to only church members is not outreach.
  2. Not teaching spiritual disciplines, but then getting frustrated with church members who don’t read the Word or pray. Why should we hold them accountable for what we’ve not taught them?
  3. Preaching the love of God, but only for people who look like us and speak our language. That’s an unbiblical sense of God’s love.
  4. Tolerating small group leaders who cannot lead and cannot teach. I’m amazed that we leave in place leaders who’ve led their group into decline.
  5. Accepting new members without asking questions about their Christian testimony. If membership assumes conversion, we need to hear the stories of potential new members.
  6. Leaders getting angry when an evangelical church plant starts down the road. Protecting our turf is hardly good for the kingdom.
  7. Voting on I’m a congregationalist, but that position doesn’t assume that we must vote on every matter.
  8. Seeing young people as only the “future” of the church. If they’re only our future, they won’t likely wait until then in order to lead.
  9. Leaders affirming demographic research and contextualization on the mission field, but rejecting both as man-centered in North America. Gaining this knowledge is as important in crossing the street as it is in crossing oceans.
  10. Choosing songs that are almost impossible to sing. I’m not a musician, but I can usually tell when no one’s singing a difficult song.
  11. Giving unfaithful members positions of influence to encourage them to be faithful. Nothing in the Bible gives us this prerogative.
  12. Not confronting continually divisive people. It seems we almost cower in fear, which only fuels their power.

What other church things make little sense to you?

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