I just picked up the book Tribes by Seth Godin and while he’s speaking in the context of leadership, I believe I can transpose this thought to the church world. Here’s what Godin says, It turns out that the people who like their jobs the most are also the ones who are doing the best work, making the greatest impact, and changing the most.
Is it possible to think that this too holds true for the church? That the people who like their church the most are also the ones who are doing the best work, making the greatest impact, and changing the most.
I tend to think it’s quite true. But what causes someone to “like” their church? Generally speaking it often tends to be the surface level nuances that generate within a person a sense of like or dislike. Speaking of the church, it relates to such things as worship style, the pastor and his/her preaching style, what programs are offered, so on and so forth.
Yet it seems to me there ought to be something more… Something much, much deeper than that, that would cause a person to like their church. And maybe the problem is in the word “like.” This word, similar to “love,” has far too many contexts upon which to refer to it. And it becomes quite easy to become confused as to what level of “like” one is speaking of.
The question of whether or not you “like” your church I think is really a question of how much you love the bride of Christ? If we actually love the bride of Christ we find ourselves going to such great lengths to do anything for her. Our concern and even care of ourselves takes a backseat because our actions are springing from a position of love for the bride; the Church and we no longer matter.
I can’t say for you what you must do in order to begin [maybe again] liking the church [your church], but I do hope that you’ll take an honest look at yourself and determine that to whatever degree you like the church presently, you’ll resolve to like her so much more tomorrow.