No one likes to hear that. Who likes to be wrong? Who likes someone to stick out their tongue and sing-song, “Na na nanana … I’m better than you are.”
Your church, if it is helping people grow in Christ, is not wrong. It’s no better or worse than that sexy new church plant down the road. It’s just different. And that it TOTALLY okay. In fact, it should be different. People need it to be different.
As a church planter, I didn’t buy it when authors said the largest opposition to our plant would come from established churches. How could that even be possible? I thought churches would understand better than anyone the Holy Spirit compelling the birth of a new work. I was wrong. The writers were right. Weird.
But, for some reason, many existing churches are threatened by new churches. Pastors see them potentially taking their people and boards worry about budgets and bottom lines. Even though the fears have been thoroughly disproven, they hang on. (read this) Churches that birth new churches are actually healthier than those that do not. Still, new churches are viewed with suspicion.
But get this … it’s not a competition. If churches join together to reach a community and support each other, amazing things are possible.
Your church is not wrong. Your style is fine. Your preaching, if bible based and focused on Jesus, is cool.
Thinking that one style church will reach everyone doesn’t make sense. Baskin Robbins doesn’t serve just one flavor, Dunkin Donuts offers a bunch of choices and coffee even comes in a variety of tastes. Why? Because people are different and have a variety of tastes. But a single church isn’t able to offer 31 different worship styles. That’s why we need numerous churches connecting with different types of people. It’s all good.
So crank up that organ and belt out those hymns, bang those drums and turn up the bass, preach the lectionary or use Survivor as a sermon resource knowing that we’re all on the same team.
But let’s not forget why we do what we do. Our goal is the same – call people to Jesus.
The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose. –C. S. Lewis