About a month ago I read a great post by my friend John Pellowe touching on the whole subject of competition between Christian Ministries. You should go read it then come back here. It prompted a comment from me as follows:
I love the position you outline here about competition among ministries and it’s a great suggestion that leaders take the time and make the effort to align their own thoughts on competition.
I echo your thoughts on this. From a church perspective I’ve always thought of things from concentric ‘circles of participation’ perspective using the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 12.
In other words (much better via diagram!):
The first circle: the believers in a local church all each have individual “parts” to play as a part of their local church body.
The second circle: the local churches in a community are all called to their community and have unique role as a part of the Christian church body within that community.
The third circle: The denominations at the national level each have unique roles within the body of the national church of Jesus Christ.
The fourth circle: The national church’s each have unique roles and callings as a part of the worldwide Christian church.
Bottom line: It’s about advancing Kingdom of God business, not a “I’m better than you” mentality.
Ministries, and churches, and Christian charities should always be working to discover, “What is the unique role or calling that God has given us as a part of His body and how can we do the best we can at that WHILE contributing to the work of His kingdom at large in the world?”
As I was writing this comment, I actually had an image of my mind that I was trying to describe. Recently I came across a great tool that helps communicate that image. And here it is:
Have you ever given thought to “competition” among Christian churches/ministries? Have you formulated a position about it? Please, share your thoughts as well!