My Twisted Mind
I have lots of time to think on my drive home each evening which gives me time to think of some weird questions. Like this following sequence:
Who ultimately is responsible for church growth? Think about, why are some churches so huge that they can ‘afford’ to have dozens of people on staff while other churches are so small that the pastor has to be bi-vocational in order to keep it going?
Should the little churches just close down and join the big churches?
Or, how about this?
If God is responsible for the big churches doing so well then do they have a responsibility to help support the smaller churches?
Having been the son of a pastor who had to work a ‘secular’ job in order to afford to be the pastor of a small church, I have life experience in what it means to do without. We were the boys whose clothing came from local yard sales or the Salvation Army. We very seldom went out to eat and if we did it was to a McDonalds… those were the days we were living big!
And yet, there were churches in the same town whose pastor’s children were the best dressed and went on great vacations.
Was it meant to be this way? That God would pour His riches on some churches and withhold it from others? Or did He mean for their to be a bigger collective that helped each other?
That first church in Acts seemed to have something different. It said that the people’s needs were met because they each sacrificed for the other.
Even Paul did some work to support himself and wrote about carrying one church’s offerings to another.
Sometimes I wonder if we just don’t have a clue and make our logic fit to the God we want. Or maybe we are just too callous to notice that we practice an us versus them ecclesiology.
Or, maybe I just have a twisted way of questioning things.