A thought was clarified in my mind yesterday after a conversation with a good brother over breakfast. In our culture of consumerism and instant gratification, we can shop for churches like we shop for a new smartphone. Which one has the all the functions and style I’m looking for… this one… that one… no, how about this one? If the church doesn’t have what we’re looking for, we tend to move on to the next one.
There are things that are crucial for us to do this with in regard to church. For instance, when it comes to doctrine, if you find out the church you are visiting believes something contrary to the gospel, then you should get out of there. But often we shop for the next church because of some ministry that isn’t available. It seems as though we’re looking for a church that’s exactly what we want when we get there, like a church should have anticipated our desires before we ever met.
If you feel your eyes wanting to look for another church other than your current one (whether you’re visiting or a member) because it doesn’t have a ministry that you would be particularly blessed by or in which you were hoping to serve, then consider helping start that ministry instead of flying the coupe. It may be that your church never started such a ministry because they lacked leadership and support. Talk to your pastor(s) and see if this is a possibility, then pray and ask the Lord for wisdom as you think things through.
Being part of a gospel community means receiving God’s blessing through the ministry of your local church, but it also means being used by God to bless your local church. I hope thinking this way leads you to stay and start rather than leave and look.