If Your Church Died

I was reading over on my friend Aaron’s blog (the paper mirror) and he posted the following.

“let’s say for some odd reason your church dies, and has to completely close the doors. my friend JR Vasser and i were talking about this at lunch. maybe hard to imagine, but whatever size church you have, imagine it having to shut down. close the doors, vacate the building, completely shut down.

would your city mourn the loss of your church?

would your city or town feel the overwhelming loss of a church that is known for service, love, and giving? would the city officials approach the church and say, “look…we’ll do whatever it takes to keep you guys going…with all the things your church is doing in our community, we CAN’T imagine the loss of such a vital part of our city.” really, would this happen if your church was no more?

shouldn’t the church be known for the kinds of things Jesus was known for? justice, love, mercy and grace, truth, serving the poor, forgiving wrongs, healing the sick, being the peacemaker, and befriending the broken and oppressed. the local church should be so valued to a community because of what it gives… what it lives out… and the types of people that come from it. shouldn’t the local church itself be full of compelling people? with a compelling mission?

the local church should be shaping and compelling people, as we imitate Christ. the local church should have been the instigators of our modern social justice movements…not just responders to the rest of the culture. the local church, your church, my church, should be the vital part of a city…meeting the needs, serving, loving, befriending, peacemaking, and LOVING.

so, if your church died tomorrow, would your community even notice the loss?”

So leave some comments on here or over on Aaron’s blog the paper mirror.


~ by Dan Browne on June 14, 2008.

2 Responses to “If Your Church Died”

  1. It’s not the church I belong to, but I’ve been preaching at a nearby church that is facing it’s own demise. They once had a choir, once had a section filled with children, once had a quartet, etc. Now the church family is basically just a few old ladies, and two Sundays a month my wife and I join them. Some people have moved away, some older members have died, and unless things change their little church will cease to meet sometime in the next year. I’m sure that every week people living in that community drive past on their way to other churches. It’s sad to watch.

  2. I agree Clark, it is sad to watch. I always wonder why a few of those churches in that situation don’t sell the majority of their buildings and come together. I then remember they likely split over the color of the carpet 50 years ago and the family ties and pride prevent things like that from happening. If the big churches like Willow Creek and others can admit they have made some errors in ministry than the smaller ones could as well. The key is moving forward from those mistakes as a church in a community ya know? Forget that as a body of believers you have failed and agree from that point forward to do it better.

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