What’s the Point?

When I was expecting my second child, I vividly remember wondering how I would have enough love to go around. It seemed his older sister took all the love I had to give. What if I couldn’t love this new child, too? Well, he was born and suddenly I understood. My ability to love expanded with my family and it did again at the birth of his little sister. But sometimes in the church, we act like God only has so much love to pass around and that if someone else gets some it means we don’t. I sometimes hear, “What’s the point of starting a new church when there are others failing nearby?” The reality is that churches don’t stay around forever unless they are able to recapture again and again their vision of a future where people becoming new Christ followers matters more than anything else. But starting new churches only to help perpetuate the species, so to speak, ignores the strength of God’s love in our lives that creates a powerful desire to help others be new Christ followers. It’s not a mathematical decision any more than the decision to have a baby. While new churches, like babies, need a lot of care early on, they also have the most energy, desire and often, ability, to draw new people into a relationship with Christ, much more so than the average existing church. “Go make of all disciples (Christ followers),” Jesus said. God’s love drives real, honest to goodness Christ followers to introduce others to Jesus Christ, too. Our love for existing churches cannot keep us from also making and loving new disciples as Jesus told us to do. God loves new and existing churches, for as Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” A new church is just one more way to tell the amazing story of Jesus alongside her existing sister churches.

About Rev Uch

I'm a United Methodist pastor serving Hyde Park United Methodist in Tampa, Florida. My husband and I have been here since July 2016. We are thrilled to be back in this area closer to most of our immediate family. In Tampa on a Sunday? Stop by one of our six weekly services. Find out more at www.hydeparkumc.org/worship.
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4 Responses to What’s the Point?

  1. Amber says:

    A big part of being a successful church weather new or existing is to determine why people are not part of a faith community and/or if applicable why/what made them leave to begin with? Finding out what those needs are and what the problems were and then filling and correcting in the church will bring people in/back. Many will say they see hypocrisy and cite that in different details and formats as reasoning. In short the church needs to go back to the early beginning of church as in Acts… How they chose leaders and cared for each other not to mention how they boldly stood up to corrupt goverment and publicly proclaimed and worshipped.

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    • Pastor Kim says:

      That’s really why so many people attend house churches and why George Barna sees the future as being based much more on house churches. Not to say there isn’t a place for traditional churches but rather that for many people, intimacy and authenticity develop more easily.

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  2. Katherine says:

    That’s all fine and good Mommy, but we all know what the real moral of this story is…you totally love me the most :o) I am so excited for this new church that you’re starting, I just know it’s going to be amazing. Love you!

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