I Don’t Want To Lead a “Church”

October 30, 2012

I don’t want to lead a “church”.  That probably sounds weird since I’m a pastor of a church.    By saying that, I mean “church” as most in America probably would define the term.         (BTW, I LOVE leading MJLife!)

Most would define “church” as something you go to on Sundays.  I’ve been guilty of slipping into the mindset at times too.  Living for each Sunday. Concentrating on how to “inspire” the masses that come to church on Sunday.

While MJLife certainly assembles on Sunday and we think it is HIGHLY important to be committed to coming EVERY Sunday if you are a part of our fellowship, our goal and mission is NOT to get people to come to “church” on Sundays.

Our goal is to “help people move from where they are to where God wants them to be.”

I believe if we’re successful at that, “church” becomes more than just getting the numbers up on Sundays for an hour long meeting.  It’s about a movement that happens between the Sundays.  Sundays would be a time that those in the movement would get together to encourage each other, learn a bit, continue worshipping God, and get ready to keep the movement going for the next week.

The movement that I’m pushing looks like this:

  • Families praying with their kids and sharing their ministries with them.
  • People seeing difficult people with God’s eyes and responding the way He wants them to respond.
  • Releasing people to minister where GOD leads them to serve in the community.
  • Believers keeping an eye out for evidence of God at work and running to join Him, no matter how inconvenient it is at them moment.
  • People rearranging their entire lives to get in line with living how God wants them to live.
  • Those labeled “sinners” by the religious (as if we all aren’t sinners) being loved on with no strings attached.
  • People radically sold out to the message to love that Jesus talked about.

MJLife now has a building, but that’s not the church.  We’re the church and we’re part of a movement.  God is moving.  We need to join Him and work with Him.

Around us at work, in the neighborhood, and in the grocery store are people that are hurting.  They may or may not look like us, but they are filled with broken dreams and disappointments.  Their dream marriages have broken up.  Kids have rebelled.  Some are attracted to the opposite sex.  Bank accounts are empty.  Some have lost their jobs.

People matter to Him, even if they aren’t very religious.  Jesus loved the unlovable.  MJLife is not and well NEVER be the perfect “church” but we have the perfect Savior who forgives us.  He loves people.  He accepts everyone as they are.  He encourages them to take their next steps.   He started a movement.  We just want to keep it going everyday of the week and do our part here in our area.  If He leads outside of the area, we want to be ready to follow Him there too.

We want to help people, no matter where they are in their journey, to go from where they are to where God wants them to be….  And we’re moving to get there ourselves at the same time.


One Response to “I Don’t Want To Lead a “Church””

  1. Jason said

    Reblogged this on The Road Less Travelled and commented:
    Great blog post about “church” from one of my followers, Eddie Poole.

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