I am over the great sport of Church bashing by Christians. From my perspective I think it is meant to come across as deeply righteous and philosophical. But I see it as spiritually arrogant and often incredibly ignorant (whoops just lost some social media friends). Here was yesterday’s bashing which was written by a man who has made a living out of the local church.
Has the church become more focused on itself or does the life, the spirit and the message of Jesus still remain our focus and motive. I’m wrestling. If he is not our inspiration then all we are doing becomes our own message, in all in that we do, in all in that we build and in all that we defend and protect. The church is for the outcast. The outcast is not a recruit to build the church. The outcast is the reason he came. His is the life we follow. It appears to me that we are building our own edifices whilst in so many ways avoiding to be Christ in our world. Jesus was not a church builder, he was and is the enduring hope for the outcast, the marginalized and the condemned. His church was not defined by walls, songs and sermons. His church was defined by Himself. His church was and is His body. I’m struggling to find Him, to see Him and hear Him in the clamor of Sunday and the chaos of recent media. If only we could retreat into Him until, being found and finding, we could live Him without agenda, offering all that he is without restraint or judgment. If we believe His message then it’s time that His message is all we offer.
Today is the 3rd March 2016. Please indulge me as I tell you about the last few weeks of my life. (it’s relevant)
Two weeks ago, I was in Melbourne working with a local church going through a hard time leadership wise.
I then returned to the Gold Coast where I attended the QLD State INC Pastors conference with long term friend and guest speaker Tim Hall. Here I spent several days interacting and engaging with pastors from across Queensland.
I then flew to Melbourne to preach at an ACC Church in country Victoria. This included dinner with some of the leadership of the church on Saturday night before Church on Sunday.
I then returned home and drove to Coffs Harbour to spend three days with the INC NSW Pastors at the State Pastors Conference. Loved hanging out with a passionate group of men and women.
I then travelled to Shellharbour to support and work with the amazing leadership team of Shellharbour Community Church. And then went out to lunch with Senior Pastor’s Shane and Rachael Cook.
I then flew to PNG to spend two days with the INC PNG National Executive. During these two days we spent much time discussing strategies to move the church forward.
Over the last week I have spoken to many Pastors from many different movements who contacted me as to how they could help the people of Fiji post cyclone Winston. I have also spoken to the Fijian INC National Chairman Ps Sevu, as he travelled his broken nation and relating to me his heart for what he is seeing.
I also had a conversation with a Pastor from another movement who was saying 70% of all the pastors in his movement were bi-vocational. (and this is one of Australia’s largest movements).
Here is what I think:-
I have literally spoken one on one to over 100 pastors in the last few weeks. Apart from one exception (being brutally honest here), every pastor I spoke to across three states and three nations are incredibly sacrificial people who have a deep heart to impact their town and nation for Jesus. They are into self sacrifice, working long hours, walking with people, and providing leadership into the church space in their town. They are not interested in “building their own edifices” nor are they interested in self seeking kingdom building.
For the pastors who are Bi-Vocational:- this means they work another job whilst prepping sermons, caring for people and connecting the church with the community. These leaders give even more.
Maybe if more philosophical Christians started doing what they lament the church is apparently not, then the world would be a better place.
Now if you are a Christian and you have a Pastor – send him a text or email and thank him for being awesome.
Ps Peter Pilt
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