We are On the Same Team

Churches should compete together, not against one another

We’re on the same team, and I’m glad. So, let’s not compare ourselves to one another or compete with one another.

It’s a real discipline to learn how to be around other churches constantly without beginning to compare. Many pastors are preoccupied privately with what others are doing–whether it’s someone or some church they look up to, or a fellow church in their community. Some view those churches as competitors–though they would rarely admit so.

At some point, most church leaders will have at least a moment when they get tired of hearing about the throngs baptized at the church down the street–or the brilliant idea someone else had that garnered the community’s attention. We’ll get tired of it because it usually happens when things are flat-lined for us.

Please hear me:

Comparing yourself to others is a zero sum endeavor.

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 159

Rube Foster, Young Parents, and Burnt Ends

stream of consciousness

Here’s what’s on my mind this Friday: I have a book due by November 1. It’s time to get intense about the writing process, so posting may be sparse. But, stay tuned…good things are on the horizon, friends. Last week I was blessed to tour the Negro League Baseball museum in Kansas City. What an […]

The Future Belongs to the Farmers – Part 1

What if Churches "Grew Their Own Food?"

If the Church were pictured as a farm, one could say various parts of the country are becoming “food deserts.” There are not enough qualified pastors to go around, and Christians aren’t being prepared and empowered for ministry as they could be. All of this is occurring while the need for quality church servants is […]