A common Church Planter prayer is, "God move in this city." We pray this over our church, with our spouses, with our staff, and any others who are a part of the ministry we are called to. Subconsciously, I think when most of us are praying this prayer it actually means this, "God move in our church for the city." We never imagine what our prayer actually means. What "God move in this city" means is, God move however you want Lord, through any church, in any way.
Unfortunately, at some point in leading a church, the enemy likes to sneak in and put a little division in our thoughts of other churches. We want God moving huge in our congregation, in the exact ways we think He should be doing. Any other congregation needs to be doing things a little less grand, with a lesser scale of people. We lose our sight of the purpose, and want God to move to grow our own kingdom, rather than His kingdom.
God never meant for the church to be in competition. The church is the bride of Christ. We need to stop asking the question, "Why another church, God?" And remember, we need more and more churches. One church may reach different people than another church. And just maybe, your small church matters to God because the few that come, have huge calls on their lives. And, because you chose to be faithful to God, you helped impact them and change their story. Churches big or small matter.
Churches need to unite together. We are all a part of the same story, banging different instruments to make Jesus known. Fight the enemy's deadly venom he plants in your thoughts against the bride of Christ. Stop worrying about how to get more people, and keep your eyes on Jesus. Jesus never sent out a flyer to get people to come follow Him. He found people, people were changed, and people went and told more people to come.
Are you willing to pray what "God move in this city" really means? Are you ready for other churches to impact the city too, even if that means another church has a lot more finances, and people coming? Are you in this to build His kingdom, or your kingdom?
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor