Posted by: mylifeisepic | May 7, 2008

What fits?

Well, obviously Ponch’s shirt doesn’t fit.

Anthony Coppedge has a great post about how churches try so hard to fit another church’s model for “doing church” into their own culture – and how that can cause a great loss of identity within that church.

I agree.

It’s something I’ve been thinking about lately in regards to my own ministry experience.  It’s so easy to think that your church or ministry must have certain things about it – things that would make it a “successful” ministry – and without those things, you aren’t normal or doing what you are “supposed to be.”  But what if those things just don’t fit?  Do you try to make them fit because you are supposed to?  Or do you do what fits?

I’m a believer that you do what fits.

  1. Do what fits your own personal calling from God – don’t deviate from that. Don’t be scared to try new things and get “stuck” doing it one certain way.  But if you know God has called you to do a certain thing – then do it, even if it doesn’t “fit.”
  2. Do what fits your church culture. If the Saddleback or North Pointe model doesn’t work in your church, then don’t do it.  It’s that simple.  Don’t try to have uptight, white Baptist “church” in an African American church culture.  That’s dumb.
  3. Do what’s fits you. Be you – be who you feel you are.  Don’t try to be someone you’re not – you’re a fake…you know it and everyone else knows it.  If being a “hyped up youth pastor” isn’t your thing – then find out what your thing is and be comfortable with it – be that person.

It’s so easy to have a Church or Ministerial Identity Crisis.  I think this is just as scary as having no vision:  without identity you can have no vision.  Identity says who you are.  Vision decides where you are going.   You can’t go somewhere if you don’t know who you are.

(AA)

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