In no particular order, here are some things that I have either thought or heard which can describe the perfect church. If you know where this church meets, please don’t post it anywhere. The rest of us will ruin it.
In The Perfect Church…
- People regularly come to Christ, and testimony is given about it.
- The custodial team cares that the building and grounds are ready for use rather than who left them not so.
- The pastor would be expected to preach the entire Word of God rather than just the entertaining parts.
- The folks would care more for people than for property.
- There would never be a single decision made solely on the basis of the availability of resources, lack thereof nor the amount needed.
- Traditional and contemporary styles are never thought about as having very much relevance.
- There is an acute and overriding awareness that, with very few exceptions, there will be a need for this church to exist 30 years from today.
- A complaint is brought by the person complaining to the person about whom the person is complaining, and no one else.
- Prayer request time is never a gossip time.
- People assume every line in the Bible to be true.
- People assume every line of the Bible is relevant.
- Truth matters more than feelings or popular opinion.
- Fellowship does not necessarily always involve food.
- The choir leader does not need a degree in Kindergarten.
- The bus is always left clean and full of fuel.
- Someone who stumbles in their walk is always gently lifted to his feet.
- The pastor never feels like writing that Monday morning resignation letter.
- The accused is never convicted without proper, Biblical process.
- It is not necessary to fight God’s people to do God’s work.
- Worship is not thought of only in terms of music.
- The clock is not an active indicator of the quality of a sermon.
- Each person serves within his gifted passion rather than his guilted position.
- Every member tithes.
- God’s way is more important than any other option.
- The preacher and the musicians are not expected to be simply entertainers.
- The Biblical models of authority and leadership are simply experienced and never need defending.
- Peace at any price is never considered to be worth the cost.
- Whatever it is, it is done with excellence or not done at all.
- The leaders are expected to be human.
- People who don’t fit in, do.
- Unity matters more than polity.
- Something broken can be repaired without official church action, even if it costs a lot of money.
- Christ is exalted and nothing else matters in comparison.
Here is what Jesus thought the perfect church would be like:
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
(John 17:20-26 NKJV)
See You SONday!
(c) SF Gallagher 2013