I love the Body of Christ, but sometimes some of the members make me require an Advil.
I believe in the Church of the capital “C.” That means that all of the local churches all belong to the big Church – the universal Body of Christ. That means that we are all on the same team. That means that we aren’t in competition with the church down the road. That means that when someone leaves a church to come to ours, we challenge them to work things out with their family. That means that we celebrate when other churches around us grow. Big “C” mentality.
That’s where the Advil comes in, not everyone thinks that way. I was talking with some college students a couple of months ago who were put in a very awkward spot by another pastor. This pastor was telling them to leave North Side and come to his church. The words they shared were, “North Side is big. They don’t need you. We need you at our church.” There were other things that the pastor shared, but basically saying that their church was way better and way cooler than ours and that reason should cause them to leave North Side.