The post and video is not meant to sound like a commerical but to ask the bigger question why we as Christians have such a hard time working together.
So, what do you think? Why do we find it so difficult to work together?
The video is a glimpse of my story. In short, I think I was going through a mixture of anger, righteousness, disillusionment, and frustration and wanted to do it alone.
After being affiliated with a “denomination” for over a decade, I went through a season where of much anger, frustration, and disillusionment and chose to forsake all things institutional. I was burnt out. I was weary and extremely cynical. I became an angry deconstructionist pastor. ‘Rage against the machine’ was a common theme in my life in the late 20s into the early 30s.
This was one of the reasons why I planted Quest Church in 2001 and why it was specifically a non-denominational church. But then, I emerged into a place where I also did not want to be an island to ourselves. I didn’t want to be a maverick [take a drink here]; I didn’t want to do things alone. We felt we could do more in partnership and relationship with other like minded and like hearted followers of Christ – even if that relationship wasn’t perfect since no perfect pastor, church, and certainly, association or denomination exists. So, after some months of intense research, conversations, and reciprocal interviews, we decided to partner with the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Here’s an article I wrote several months ago for Fuller Seminary’s publication entitled Theology, News, and Notes about why an angry deconstructionist, rage against the machine, anti-instutitional pastor, etc. chose to affiliate with the ECC – which I often describe as the most undenominational denomination.
I know that this may sound like a plug for the Covenant and in some way it is but the bigger question I want to raise is how we as the body of CHRIST work together in the here, there, and everywhere as part of the MISSIO DEI for the glory, fame, and honor of God.
In short, I want to work with you. I want my partnership to go beyond my gender, my city, my culture, my denomination, my tribe, my perception of hegemony…
I want to see God glorified and honored.
How can I help you do what God has called you to do?