On Sunday I linked to Adam McLane’s post on using a new metaphor for small churches by shifting from business to farming language.
I would like to propose another possible way of describing a community of faith that has been on my mind lately. Recently, we have had a lot of sports conflicts with various youth ministry events, which is bound to happen. That isn’t surprising. But what I have been noticing (which has always been the case, I just haven’t picked up on it) is that the reason students and parents give for choosing sports over church events is that “We don’t want to let our team down.” By a team member not being at a game, the whole team loses out; they are depending on everyone giving their all to succeed.
On the other hand, when people haven’t been to church in a while, we usually say, “We missed you.” There is oftentimes no sense that the mission of the church was hindered because someone wasn’t there. We just missed that person’s company.
What if we started using team language to describe our churches? What if we had a mission that was going to take everyone contributing towards in order to achieve it? What if someone not contributing meant that they were letting the whole church down because their contribution was so valuable and important? Isn’t the church called to be a team?