Recently I was perusing a book entitled, “An Unstoppable Force” by author Erwin McManus and come across an interesting thought. He began speaking about how that the church is loosing it’s uniqueness. Many times we forsake unique things and stand in line for more of the same things. It’s not that we don’t like diversity, options or even choices, because we clearly do. Most of the time we only like these choices if they are brought to us with a greater convenience and basically don’t complicate our lives.
The contemporary church has chosen the same path. We have chosen standardization over uniqueness. We have chosen predictability over surprise. And without realizing it we have chosen comfort and convenience over servanthood and sacrifice.
The church has become the equivalent of IBM or Microsoft. Most of the time if the church isn’t doing well we solicit the best business practices for solutions. If we continue to see the church as an organization then we begin creating an institution which is a model that God never intended. On the other hand, if we see the church as something being alive and vibrant, then we unlock power and it awakens what the church should be. The church is about individuals and not institutions. It’s about people moving through the world and not buildings setting on streets corner.