When Less is More

Yesterday, I blogged a little bit about unity movements on campus.

I realize that this may be a bit of a reach for some of the folks who read the blog.  You're not all on campus, are you?  So, why does this matter?

We live in a country full of churches.  Even in South Florida, which is supposedly underchurched, there are churches all over the place.  Denominations abound.

But churches are closing their doors all over the place.  Some estimates have seven churches closing for every one that opens.

When is less more?

This is the question unity movements on campus have to deal with and one that needs to be carefully considered as churches grow and plant new communities.

I spoke this week with several students who have created a unity movement on their campus, closing the doors on a couple of other, smaller ministries along the way.  If this sounds familiar to you, that's because it's a really similar situation to the one at W&L in the late 90's that created GCF, where I served for the last five years.

For a season, fewer ministries means better ministry.

If there's a small Christian community, merging can allow a group to build up momentum.  It can allow for focus.  It can serve as a witness to the campus.

One of the things that keeps the Christian community from growing is a sense of competition between ministries.  We can spend so much time fighting each other that we ignore the rest of campus.  Fighting over freshmen, we ignore the upperclassmen.  Fighting over the Christian leaders, we ignore the rest of campus.  Merging can minimize fighting.

Fewer ministries can mean more funding, fewer administrative costs, less overhead, less waste.

For a season, merged ministries can even mean better outreach.

For a season.

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