If you ever find yourself wondering whether “uncool,” unpolished, unprofessional, plain, often small, churches truly are precious in God’s sight and whether we truly are useful in God’s plan, check out the comments to Rachel Held Evans’ post “Tell us about your church…” , which is a followup to her post “Blessed Are the Un-cool.” So many people wrote in about what they love about their congregations, despite all the problems and sins that beset every church. A few wrote about their longing for a church like the ones described in the comments. This will lift your heart.
There’s no doubt about it: God is on the move. God’s Spirit is sweeping across the face of the church, and it’s the Spirit that is the true power of the church. The Spirit is the true power of every church, not our own reserves of money or other kinds of strength. God is doing great things through the small and the humble and the uncool who are just trying to be faithful.
It is okay not to be able to “do church” in ways that require great amounts of money and of those other human strengths. We can quit trying to be bigger and cooler. We can answer God’s call to us right now in our uncoolness. So the question is, what kind of leadership do uncool congregations need, and how do we develop it?
May the peace of Christ be with you all!