Maybe what we need isn’t another church, but simply a better church.
Here’s the trouble though: However well-intentioned, most of young leaders think that the way to get a better church is to start one. At least that’s what I thought – and am continually tempted to think.
Rather than do the hard work of internal reconciliation, many young leaders seem quick to abandon ship. A little disappointment here or there, and we’re racing off the next thing – sexier, hipper, more in line with our preconceptions about what church ought to be.
Let’s imagine a different scenario: rather than re-inventing the wheel, what if those young leaders buckled down and committed to using their gifts and ideas to be a catalyst for change and rebirth? Think of the resources that would save. Think of the relationships that could be mended. Think of the testimony to a hurting community. That seems to be a better story – more in line with the way of Jesus.
Yes, there are absolutely occasions to call it quits. Abuse. Manipulative or hardened leadership. And there are also plenty of reasons for church planting. But I get the sense that we’re often more discontent than we’d like to admit.
Here’s a brief sketch:
A better church isn’t necessarily a sexier church.
A better church isn’t necessarily one that you like.
A better church isn’t trying to impress you.
A better church doesn’t play “the right kind” of music.
A better church doesn’t look a certain way.
A better church shows you how to be like Jesus.
A better church has the courage to call you out.
A better church knows who you are – and loves you.
A better church may let you fall, but helps to pick you up.
A better church builds relationships through forgiveness.
What you think: Are there too many churches? Why is that?