10. Isolating from other churches.
One of the common mistakes I see is when churches don’t work together. Many churches are so afraid that congregation members will leave and go to other churches, they end up missing out on the opportunity to achieve greater unity within the body of Christ. With so much division, unity is more crucial than ever. The more opportunities during which churches can merge congregations, the better. This helps dispel the fear that another church will steal congregation members and will also mend fences when it comes to theological and political differences.
As long as Christ is the center, it is okay to join together for harvest festivals, worship services, and even potluck suppers. Lay down the fear and join hands across church aisles. The more we do this, the more the world may take notice and want to do that in politics, too.
Being in community is hard. Building it with inadequate resources or with the wrong motives is harder. Community comes from a heart that belongs to the Lord. When it wanders elsewhere, community is almost impossible to build. Let community grow organically around people, with the similar goal of knowing God -- and it will be a blessing that benefits everyone.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife, and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year and the Enduring Light Silver Medal, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Her first book with Leafwood Publishers, An Invitation to the Table, came out September 2016. She also teaches at various writers' workshops, such as the Montrose Christian Writers conference. She and her husband live in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, with their two children, Caleb and Leah. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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