Published: 8 years ago

Musings on Unity

Summit Church, you’re a strange bunch.

Last night at our Annual Church Conference, you discussed a 4.8 million dollar budget, adding staff, buying two warehouses and a tract of land, and changing the by-laws.

And the amazing thing is, you didn’t fight about it.  Nobody cussed.  No one threw punches.  There was no name-calling, no criticism, no immediately-formed parking lot committees to discuss the overthrow of the elders and pastoral team.

Do you know how strange that is?

Do you know that in many other churches, a discussion like last night’s would have resulted in at least three of the above things?  Do you know that many churches in our country have split down the middle over much more inconsequential items?

And do you know what a shame that is for the bride of Christ?

Don’t get me wrong: unity doesn’t mean conformity.  It doesn’t mean that we see eye to eye on every detail.  It doesn’t dictate that we can’t have our own opinion or have a question or need a particular facet of the discussion explained further.

But persistent disunity in the church is a damnable apologetic against the Gospel.

In John 17, Jesus prayed that we’d be one.  Not that we’d be robotic clones of one another, but that in spirit, in peace, in love…we’d be one.  When the church is not one, the surrounding community knows it.  They hear about it.  They suspect it.  And many times, it’s all the ammunition they need to put off a relationship with Christ.

In a society where the Republicans hate the Democrats and the liberals hate the conservatives and Tom hates Jerry, it’s refreshingly weird to see a group of people that genuinely love each other.  And it’s interesting that – at least according to our mission statement  – we have to love each other before we can love our world.

Good job, Summit.  I’m proud to be one of you.

“I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” (John 17:23)

4 Comments.
  1. Jon Thommarson says:

    Danny,

    I couldn’t agree more. I have been in churches that have split for silly things. I have even heard of deacon meetings discussing the ply of the toilet paper. I am glad we are part of a church that can get together about things, discuss them, and not cause a ruckus. (I just wanted to use that word)

  2. Aaron Tant says:

    I’m with Jon. I have experienced far too much nonsense in just the 18 years that I’ve been in the church and the 10 years that I’ve been in business meetings. Heard one recently that changing the placement of the piano caused a riot. I’m so happy that The Summit has moved beyond these things! Danny, what stuff got changed, if I may ask?

    • Danny says:

      You certainly may ask. Not much major stuff was changed, Aaron. Basically a few minor by-laws tweaks that include the length of time before someone is put on inactive member status (from two years to one year), congregational vote no longer required for members of the Sr. Pastor search team, treasurer may delegate some of his responsibility to others, etc. The by-laws changes were all fairly innocuous.

  3. Phil says:

    Also noticed that several questions pertained to our continuing ability to focus on and do mission Work.

    folks are focused on spreading the Gospel, not bricks & mortar

    awesomenicity…………

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