At some point, every church says “if we only had _____ .” Some churches fill in the blank with their projected insecurities (the right staff superstar, better facilities, the next killer strategy, or a more robust budget). Looking outwardly, these churches resemble a 13-year old girl: believing her self-image will improve if she starves herself, slaps on some makeup, or plucks her eyebrows. Eventually (sadly), they become a pitiable and heart-breakingly counterfeit version of something God never intended them to be in the first place.
Healthy churches don’t think like that. Healthy churches say “if we only had _____ ” but they say it focusing inwardly. They say it because they know who they are – and they clearly understand what God expects of them. They make a conscious decision to forge their identity by becoming. They simply want to grow up into themselves.
Saying “if we only had _____ ” isn’t the problem. It’s the object of “if we only had _____” that causes many churches to spin out of control.
Here’s the thing: We all want to be a part of a church that is comfortable in its own skin. It makes little difference whether a church has 70 people or 7,000. When a church recognizes who they are (understands their needs, and embraces what God expects) the peripheral issues of size, worship style, age range, facility constraints, etc. quickly diminish.
Most of us are fooled to think the issue is have vs. have-not. In reality, the issue is corporate authenticity vs. corporate insecurity.
Does your church understand who you are? How do you collectively express that image (through teaching, worship, service, etc.)?