Number 2: Unity
Is this church more likely to be united than a church that lacks this kind of information?
In this church a focus on Gift-oriented Ministry has the potential to unite the church in addressing problems associated with that issue.
How significant is unity in a church?
There is the possibility that the NCD result can assist us in answering the high priestly prayer of Jesus:
Jesus prayed that all of His people ‘may be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.’ (John 17:23)
Note the results that come from complete unity:
They are contained in the prayer. (1) The world may know that God sent His Son. (2) The world may know that God loves it as much as he loves His Son.
From this prayer we may see unity is very important.
In the ancient song, Psalm 133, the writer says: ‘How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!…. For there the Lord bestows his blessing…’
I like the way it comes out in the New Living Translation: ‘How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!’
Unity is a good word. But you can have unity using stand-over tactics – unity by oppression. Unity with ‘yes’ men; unity where the ones at the top do the thinking and followers simply snap to attention.
Harmony suggests that people are singing different notes, and yet they are all singing from the same song sheet. Harmony suggests different people, each using unique gifts, yet with the same focus.
Unity in diversity.
People do have honest differences over theology. They have differences about spiritual style and philosophy of ministry and the kind of music that should be used in church and . . . and . . . and. . . the beat goes on.
Natural Church Development goes deeper than all of that.
Because it can help a church to focus, it can also help unify a church around a common objective: the objective to become a healthy (or even healthier) church. A church that doesn’t copy other churches. A church that seeks to achieve its unique potential under God
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