With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #4.
A few years ago we visited this church when ours closed because of bad weather. At the time, they held two services and were outgrowing their building. They purchased land and made plans for a larger facility. As I understand, some people objected, stirring up dissention and causing division. As a result, many people left in a huff, while those who remained consolidated into one Sunday service.
It’s sad when God’s people can’t get along and even sadder when their words and actions divide Jesus’ church. This is not what he desires. Though differing opinions are inevitable and sometimes leaving a church may be the best solution, the dissidents need to depart quietly and without making a mess for those who stay.
Now, with the troublemakers gone, those who remain have formed a committed core group. They are intent on being what a church should be: worshiping instead of being entertained, serving over being served, and pursuing God’s perspective rather than their own agenda. I am expectant for their future.