Sometimes, in the life of a church, you have to deal with items that are stressful. In the midst of the stress, the ultimate goal is to find unity. While we may disagree with one another, in the end, we have to find a way to bring about peace and unity.
One of the ways that I believe we experienced that this evening was in bringing together our leaders and allowing everyone who wanted to share speak their minds. Respectfully listening to and considering the thoughts and opinions of others is crucial. Why? Because often times, people just want to know that they are being heard.
Even when we don’t receive the results we desire, we have to respect the process that ultimately led to a final decision. It’s sort of like the Presidential election. Some folks didn’t vote for Barack Obama. But, you have to feel pretty good that we have the right to vote…to contribute to the process.
This evening, we dealt with an issue. Everyone in the room shared their thoughts. We voted. We accepted the results. And, now, we join together to move forward. We join together to “help others take their next step towards Christ…together.” We unite to do all we can to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” We can now put this behind us and begin to focus on our next project.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)