Last week Craig posted a blog on Swerve entitled “Where is God Working” in which he asked people to share some churches where God is doing something special….. There were a ton of churches shared from around the country and I have been checking out many of the websites. I ran across a comment that I thought was complimentary and intriguing; the NW Oklahoma City Campus of LifeChurch.tv was mentioned in a comment by Jimmy Paravane. His comment also made me think about the about the “A-Word” Assume/Assumptions. Below is the exact comment:
“3 churches in OKC come to mind. 1. The NW OKC Campus of LifeChurch.tv at http://www.lifechurch.tv/?p=745. Scott Williams is black! What’s he doing as Campus Pastor of a white-flight mega-multi-site church! Some of my assumptions about LifeChurch.tv could just possibly be wrong. This MAY call for some further research.”
I had read a post over a month ago entitled “Stereotype” from my friend in the blogsphere Anne Jackson; in which she outlined the stereotypical contemporary church pastor. For the most part it’s accurate, I just happen to be the exception instead of the rule. The post on Swerve today entitled “Kingdom Minded” really sheds light on assuming, divisiveness and speaking well of others. If we don’t make any assumptions or only assume the best about people, pastors, ministries, styles…. it changes our perspective. I am not saying that some of the assumptions and stereotypes are not accurate, I’m simply saying be careful and remember when we ASSUME, it can make a _ _ _ out of you and me.
BTW- What am I doing as Campus Pastor of a white-flight mega-multi-site church?
We are all guilty of assuming and stereotyping pastors and churches. What are some stereotypes or assumptions that you have about: Contemporary Churches, LifeChurch.tv, Joel Osteen, “The Black Church,” Baptist Churches…..?