Friday, January 11, 2008

Unity of Churches

I've gotten some good and interesting feedback from my "True Unity" sermon since Sunday, especially in the area of cross-denominational unity. The dream of having area churches unite in a more visible way seemed to resonate, but many wondered how we can practically accomplish this.

Pastors may have the opportunity to participate in local pastor get-togethers. Some towns have combined services on certain holy days. But I'm interested in hearing some ideas that you have or have tried in the area of cross-denominational unity. I'm a big believer that area churches have a responsibility to show the surrounding community that we are one in the Spirit.

6 comments:

Bryan said...

What about having a big cook out. And for winter time having basket ball and floor hockey church leagues. The problem with wintertime is that no church (in our area anyway has the facilities needed to host a multi church get together like a harvest dinner. but in the summertime when the weather is in your favor cook outs and camp outs are a great way to get large numbers of people together.

The AJ Thomas said...

compassionate ministries are the way to go. They don;t require any sort of agreement on worship style or doctrinal details, it makes a way bigger impression on the world than combined services or recreation, the combined strength of the churches allows you to have a greater impact that you ever cold alone, it allows tons of people to participate together not just spectate/sit together, and you are guaranteed to meet with Jesus. What could be better.

Heidi Bez. said...

In Canada we have such a thing as the National House of Prayer, and a chapter of it called the Maritime House of Prayer. http://www.mhop.ca/

I believe that prayer is the best way to encourage unity... We get together once a month in Halifax and pray for 24 hours.

matthew said...

great thoughts, thanks to all 3 of ya

Jo said...

We're trying to have an interdenominational mid-week kids ministry here on the island. Kids from different churches come, and the leadership team is composed of volunteers from different churches. We all work together and learn together....midweek.

Jo said...

p.s. But AJ's comment makes the most sense and would work in the most settings.