As I mentioned in the first post in this series, I want to highlight some of the comments that have been left on my blog posts during the past week. Hopefully, this will give more visibility to some of the reasons that I love blogging – dialog and interaction.
First, I hope you didn’t miss the great conversation on “Guest Post: A Focus on Catholic Ecclesiology.” I’ve talked with Brian (the author of the post and many of the comments), and he enjoyed the discussion as much as I did.
it seems most churches equate more programs and activities with a vibrant and growing church. But what I have found in reality is that the same 10% of people come to most or all of those activities. We (me included) measured my spiritual maturity with the amount of church activities I attended. I equated spiritual growth with another church program. I may not be sharing Christ with my neighbor, but I’m at church every time the door is open! I agree with you that ‘less is more’. While meeting and interacting with other believers is very important, so is the rest of our Christian walk, like spending time with God, raising a family, living in my community, and working.
I think, though, that the congregation can insist that the staff keep adding programs since it looks like we’re growing if we do more things. This puts unnecessary and unrealistic pressures on the staff. We are our own worst enemies sometimes.
Swanny left this comment in response to a question (in another comment) that I asked him (about reasons for leaving the institutional church) on my post “Growing past church programs and activities is not easy“:
Many others, but here are the big 3
1. The shallowness of the people attending, no fruit being seen as a body of believers. This one you just wrote about in this post.
2. The money being spent in overhead when people are in need all over the world, and in our own community. Is all of the cost of building or even a campus needed? I know this debate is as old as dirt, but I felt led to be a bit more frugal and wise in the way I help others.
3. As I took and taught a 2 year discipleship study, I learned much more about the New Testament church, and church structure, which showed me that Christ is the head of His Church and how we are The Bride (an organism, not an organization)
SO GOOD! And so true! If Jesus had only served those who responded the “right” way then not many would have had his touch after all. I know within myself I sometimes have a debate of whether I reach out to someone or not based on perception of their response, etc but I always try to come back to the place of Jesus and his heart. Everyone has a story and they respond from that story and my only responsibility when Jesus calls me to serve is to obey him in it and trust that person and their response, or lack thereof, to him. He knows their story and I do not. And truthfully I don’t need to know their story to serve them and extend kindness and love to them. Thanks for sharing this lesson!