TRANSFERABLE TIP: Cast a vision for what your church will do rather than focusing on what other churches aren’t doing.
Are you a lone wolf or part of a bigger team?
The church in Acts operated as a giant network of believers. When Paul and his associates would enter a new town, they were often greeted by the “brothers.” These other Christians would welcome them and help along their way when it was time to leave.
In politics, the temptation is to “go negative,” and the church loves to borrow this method. They make it their mission to tell people why their current church is bad and why they should come to theirs instead. There are at least two major problems with this concept. First, this line of thinking is built on a model of church growth that steals other members rather than seeks to bring salvation to the lost, and secondly, it undermines the united objective of the Kingdom of God. The New Testament goal was never to get everyone to come to the Jerusalem church. Instead, the goal was to get everyone to come to Christ. To do this, your church must recognize that you cannot reach every person in your region. You MUST have other churches involved.
It is not wise to insult other churches in your area that may be effectively ministering to a group of people you yourself aren’t going to try to reach. You want other churches to see you as part of the Kingdom team rather than arrogant competition. Here are two actual quotes taken from some newer churches that are definitely not helpful:
“Does your church smell like old people?”
“Are you tired of sitting through boring, irrelevant church services?”
The quickest way to ensure that you are isolated on the mission field as a pastor and a church is to make one of these types of statements. Instead, focus on the unique calling God has for you and your church. Better to shock people with your love and sound doctrine than by your rudeness!