We got all five acts of worship going but something is missing.
We got church autonomy but something is missing.
We got qualified elders but something is missing.
We sing acappella but something is missing.
We teach the Bible but something is missing.
We meet on the first day of the week but something is missing.
We take weekly communion but something is missing.
We support mission work all over the world but something is missing.
We have a good preacher but something is missing.
And that something is…
How do you complete that sentence?
I have a zillion ways of filling in the blank but the problem is almost all of them are about someone else.
Here is my challenge to you. If you finish that sentence with something endemic/native to church then I challenge you to rethink that. That doesn’t mean what you filled in is wrong necessarily but I want you to change the focus of the problem.
The church is the people. You are the church. So consider for a moment rethinking “And that something is…” and think about your role in making church something more robust. Or maybe God is calling you to love an imperfect group of people who don’t do things just like you would, and that is good for you.
Maybe that something is my own healthy attitude.
Maybe it is my own participation that has lacked because I gave up on the vision or lack thereof.
Maybe it is my support and encouragement of congregational leaders.
Maybe it is my willingness to make disciples and be discipled.
How do you finish the sentence, “And that something is…”?