At the center of it all is…

There’s plenty of debate going on lately. We’re in an election cycle, so of course we have lots of back-and-forth between candidates at the moment. But that’s not the kind of debate I’m referring to. I’m referring to the ongoing debates about how we do church and what is (or should be) at the center of it all.

Multisite, hipster, traditional, worship styles, leadership styles, and everything in-between are up for discussion. Now, I’m not against debate – it can actually be quite healthy. Also, I think there’s room for a variety of methods, approaches, and styles in our churches. God created us with distinct personalities and it seems He left us with a great deal of latitude when it comes to how we fellowship together. However, sometimes these debates take our focus off of the reason why we come together in the first place – to worship our Savior, to spread the Gospel, and to grow in our faith.

God is our Creator, Jesus Christ is our Savior, and the Holy Spirit is our Comforter and Teacher. We serve a God who created us for relationship and when we fell short of His glory He paid the price for our sins to restore that relationship.

Wherever we meet, whatever the service format, however we “do church,” let’s take a moment as we dive into this next week to remember why.

Who in your community needs to hear the Good News and see the love of Christ in action?

Who in your congregation needs encouragement, prayer, or loving confrontation?

How can you best lead your staff and volunteers?

How can you make sure you get home in time for dinner each night to be with your spouse and children?

As we debate and consider how best to communicate the Gospel to a rapidly changing culture, let’s keep our central focus on Jesus. There will always be debate on the how or what – and that’s okay. However, I pray we never lose sight of Who or why we serve.

What do you think? At what point can debate become unproductive?