Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Sage Advice on Choosing a Church...

I think this is fantastic advice from the veteran Christian statesman, writer, and pastor, Eugene Peterson from a recent interview with Jonathan Merritt (whole interview available here):

JM: Eighty-one years is a long time. As you enter your final season of life, what would you like to say to younger Christians who are itchy for a deeper and more authentic discipleship? What’s your word to them? 
EP: Go to the nearest smallest church and commit yourself to being there for 6 months. If it doesn’t work out, find somewhere else. But don’t look for programs, don’t look for entertainment, and don’t look for a great preacher. A Christian congregation is not a glamorous place, not a romantic place. That’s what I always told people. If people were leaving my congregation to go to another place of work, I’d say, “The smallest church, the closest church, and stay there for 6 months.” Sometimes it doesn’t work. Some pastors are just incompetent. And some are flat out bad. So I don’t think that’s the answer to everything, but it’s a better place to start than going to the one with all the programs, the glitz, all that stuff.

1 comment:

Matt Proctor said...

And yes this means if you attend my church and there's a closer body with which you could link arms for kingdom service, you have my blessing!! I'll miss you, but your neighborhood might be richly blessed.