As a general rule of thumb, if Jesus prayed for it, we want to be part of it. Collaboration between churches is exciting and powerful, but if you’re not there yet, here are two easy-peasy steps any pastor can take toward true unity with other churches.
2 minute unity: Take 2 minutes in your church service to pray for other churches in your city by name. We’ve been doing this for a few years now. We invite people to pray for a local church they know and we offer a few suggestions if they don’t know of churches. We pray for the mega church down the road, the smaller recovery church downtown and the lutheran church near us, among others. Most of all, we mean it. We sincerely pray for their blessing and well being.
25 Minute Unity: Meet with other pastors and pray for each other, for each other’s churches, for each other’s people. Because we’re wild and crazy, we pray once a month, 6:30am on Sunday mornings, but you might choose a
less biblical more convenient time :) As pastors, we pray and worship together on a Sunday before going separately to pray and worship in our churches.
25 Month Unity: Pick a wound or gap in your city, gather church leaders who want to work on that wound or gap and serve together as one expression of church. We have a small coalition of city churches all working together to face some of our city’s biggest needs. You’d find wide variety in our theology and worship style, but we are brothers and sisters and we work as one voice to serve the city. Skeptics can scoff at the church, but a city wide movement of churches serving the poor is a stunning display of the goodness of God.
Aside from moving toward true unity, there are many fringe benefits: Continue reading