Perhaps you heard about the coyote that last week walked into a downtown Chicago Quizno’s (a sandwich shop) and sat down in front of the drink machine. Startled customers calmly made their way out of the restaurant. An hour later, animal control picked up the coyote and took him away. I suspect that when Quizno’s employees went to work that morning, the last thing they had on their minds was a coyote. Yet sometimes we end up in places we did not intend to go.
I think churches are like that. Very often churches begin with a dream or a vision of some kind. Perhaps the church is a new plant. Or, perhaps this is an established church that in some way has been revitalized. The church may be urban or rural. It may be suburban. The church may be very formal or highly informal. Yet, the truth is that very often these churches eventually lose something. In fact, what was once an alive, vibrant church can become stale and stagnant.
As I think back to the churches that I’ve been a part of, there have always been some positives. Yes, there are always some negatives. Sometimes, churches go through seasons where the negatives seem to far outweigh the positives. However, I do remember at some point, seeing something that was positive.
I am curious as to what you see in your church that is a real positive. Is there any one thing that stands out to you? Is there one aspect of the life of your church that you particularly like and appreciate? I am really interested in hearing what a number of you might say.