11/02/2016 by Chris Green
I went to a strong, hearty conference recently, full of talk about gospel work and initiatives, and the theme was ‘standing shoulder to shoulder.’
And I thought then, as I still think, that that’s all very well, but it’s still very independent.
The model is that strong (i.e. larger) churches can help weaker (i.e. smaller) ones, and together we can make a difference – which is true, but not true enough.
- What if the ‘strong’ churches aren’t quite as strong as they look – what if, in line with 1 Corinthians, they actually need the ‘weaker’ churches, rather than the other way round?
- What if ‘shoulder to shoulder’ is implicitly too, well, ‘hearty’ as an image? (Yes, I know it’s a biblical phase, but frankly, if your only source passage is Zephaniah 3, then you really are off the beaten track by some way)
- What if the pipeline of grace isn’t just one way?
- What if the pipeline of grace runs the other way entirely?
- What if we replaced ‘independence’ with ‘interdependence’ – would that make a difference?
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