Friday Stream of Consciousness – 162

stream of consciousness

Here’s what’s on my mind this Friday: A small town recently passed some measures banning gossip. This is still a plague that does more to hurt churches than anything else. I dare say some people might have nothing to say at all if gossip were banned. Then again, it has been since the New Testament […]

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.

Behold!

A Poem by Jessica Petrenscik

New Vintage Church held a worship night a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes it’s good to just worship for God’s own sake. No agenda other than to just glorify God and bask in His presence. The theme of the night was, “Behold!” One of the highlights for me personally, was a poem compiled and written […]