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:
- Building facilities for “outreach,” but then limiting usage to church members. Outreach to only church members is not outreach.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Accepting new members without asking questions about their Christian testimony. If membership assumes conversion, we need to hear the stories of potential new members.
- Leaders getting angry when an evangelical church plant starts down the road. Protecting our turf is hardly good for the kingdom.
- Voting on I’m a congregationalist, but that position doesn’t assume that we must vote on every matter.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Giving unfaithful members positions of influence to encourage them to be faithful. Nothing in the Bible gives us this prerogative.
- 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?