from Teddy Ray:
A popular book on church stewardship came out a few years ago with a new definition of “competition.” The first paragraph of the book tells how the number of non-profits in America doubled in the last ten years. Then it says, “What these numbers show is that in ten years the competition has nearly doubled.” The rest of the book is about how to get people to give your church more money when competition for charitable dollars is so stiff. (My conference actually encouraged all of its pastors to read that book.)
According to those who asked me about the mega-church, the local church’s competition is other churches.
According to that popular book on stewardship, the local church’s competition is all other non-profits – church and non-church alike.
Friends and colleagues, let’s please not miss this:
The church’s competition is sin, injustice, and heresy!
So long as other local churches aren’t teaching heresy or condoning sin, they’re our allies. That mega-church people have asked me about has made some great strides in the battle against injustice, both in Lexington and around the world. Years ago, one of my closest friends began taking his faith seriously as a result of their ministry. They’re allies, not competition.
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