Friday, August 24, 2012

If You’re 100% Satisfied With Your Church Experience, It’s Probably Not Healthy. Here’s Why ...

Philippians 2:3-4 says, "Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too."

The 75% Philosophy: A truly diverse congregation where anybody enjoys more than 75% of what’s going on is not thoroughly integrated. So that if you’re going to be an integrated church you have to be prepared to think, “Hey, this is great, I enjoyed at least 75% of it,” because 25% should grant for somebody’s precious liturgical expression that is probably odious to you; otherwise it’s not integrating. So an integrating church is characterized by the need to be content with less than total satisfaction with everything. You have to factor in a willingness to absorb some things that are not dear to you but may be precious to some of those coming in.

(Pastor James Forbes)

Curtiss Paul Deyoung, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey, and Karen Chai Kim, United by Faith (New York: Oxford, 2003), 81-82.

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