Last week there was an excellent article written on The Exchange. It spoke to the heart of the work I do here in my home city Lapeer. The goal has always been to see the churches work together to evangelize the large unchurched population in our city and county.
I’ve written about the loss of opportunity when churches act and work as if they are the only church in the community. They ignore, or even out right criticize, other churches and their ministries. We lose credibility among the the community when they see us in disunity and competing against each other. The gospel is not owned by one single church. It is the good news of what God has done through Jesus, the story that every church should be telling.
Jeff Christopherson writes, “There are numerous geographies where the harsh reality is mutual antagonism and distrust amongst spiritual leaders…For whatever reason—either botched ecumenical experiences or deep personal pain—some pastors find it difficult to align for broader kingdom purposes.”
When we distrust each other in our common mission we will fall short. We will miss the mark time and again. When we align ourselves together for the common mission we will see our city, our county, our communities, come to know the living God.
What will it take to unite our churches to see the kingdom advance? Is there pride we need to repent of? Hardness of hearts towards our follow workers? Favoritism towards people groups or traditions?
Christopherson ends the article with this: “If we hope to move forward in the evangelization of North America, kingdom collaboration will to have to become the norm.” Amen, and amen.
If we want to see God move in our people, if we want to see people come to the faith, if we want to see the kingdom of God advance in our community, we need to unite together.