My Church is Better Than Your Church
Because we represent many different denominations, we will accept and VALUE our differences (which are few) and celebrate and focus on what we have in common-God's Word spoken to us through the Bible. We will refrain from discussing denominations or any differences and from using denominational language that is not common or familiar to everyone. From: nbs2go.com.
When considering or discussing denominations, do you have a critical spirit?
“I grew up __________ (fill in a denomination).” With this one sentence, many things are assumed. Because we all have preconceived notions about X, Y or Z denominations, we're prone to judge, be critical, relate or connect. Regardless of our upbringings, we all are tempted to focus on the negative parts of "other" denominations. We're sensitive about our upbringings, whether or not we want to admit it.
Valuing other denominations doesn't mean we agree with everything.
When possible, it's best to affirm beliefs we have in common. When we have a correcting posture, it can be frustrating to be near us. We might feel like we're being helpful, but really we push away. Who likes to be around people who want to make sure you know they are right? Ha-not me!
Consider this when leading your NBS: Effective leaders... encourage consideration of all points of view, are empathetic, are aware of how others are reacting, are not defensive or sensitive to disagreement or criticism, make people feel important, value others as equals and listen!
How about you? What tips do you have for valuing others? When have you felt affirmed instead of corrected?
Joan Parsons, with three teen sons and one preteen girl under her roof, is thankful for her husband and naps. Between laundry loads and fixing beef, you might find her in the McDonald’s drive-through ordering a coke with extra ice and a chocolate chip cookie … because this is her happy place.
Thanks so much for sharing, Joan! People DO get hung up majoring on the minors, don't we? The devil loves's that nonsense. With your permission, I'm going to re-post this in my partnership site (where I'm trying to get churches to team up to reach college students all around the US).