Entering the Manifest Presence of the Divine
Good question? God often writes Ichabod over a church for a number of reasons. Sometimes it's because of the pastor but I believe more often than not it's because of the tares in a church that destroys it from within.
I definitely agree that tares are the issue. Wheat will work for the kingdom in one accord, or at least come to one accord eventually--misunderstandings are bound to happen on this side of eternity. Divisions with the pastor and within congregations usually come because of a lack of focus on the most importance thing, Jesus Christ.I'm very happy with my current church as the pastoral staff love getting behind their congregations' ideas and running with them, offering suggestions and corrections along the way, empowering the people of God rather than ruling them. It's very refreshing to have that kind of environment.
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