The place where we are going can’t be the same as the place where we have been. The place where we have been is giving way to the culture instead of impacting it. Something has to change and it won’t be the building up of a better institution. We don’t need better strategy, we need better unity.
A simple thing happened recently that caught my attention. I posted an invitation for anyone looking for a church to visit us to worship with us. A couple of different local pastors from churches they lead within a few minutes drive from us “liked” the invitation. They also liked the church’s Facebook page. They didn’t compete, even in the smallest way, with a neighboring church. They honored, endorsed and supported. While that shouldn’t be unique, it is and I saw the Kingdom even in that small click of a button.
Millennials reflect the current culture in that they are not the least bit interested in preserving, protecting or promoting the institution. They are, however, completely open to Jesus and His Bride, the people. Their insight is keen to discern the lines between Him and the institution and they are openly rejecting the structure where it contradicts the Savior.
I had an incredible discussion with a local ministry leader recently in which we discussed collaboration. I attended a different meeting with a couple of different ministry leaders looking to collaborate where it made sense. The time is ripe for collaboration to replace competition.
The competition has been a reflection of denominationalism, even among “non-denominational” churches and ministries. Denomination, by definition, means “division.” Division is not a Kingdom method and it won’t be present where we experience a revival of our realization of the Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Consider the following from Psalm 133:1-2:
“How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe.”
Where there is unity and harmony, there is anointing. The outpouring of revival will be across lines of previously debated divisions to unite in Christ. We will have to honor where we once defined and give grace where we previously gave grief. It is not a matter of compromise, it is a matter of humility. We can actually trust and rely on the truth of Psalm 127 and know that we don’t need to build His house for Him and unless He builds it, it’s all in wasted effort in the first place.