As the local church goes, so go the denominations and institutions that support her.
The local church can do without denominations. Denominations can’t do without the local church.
This reality calls for a radical shift in focus (or, perhaps, purpose) for denominations (and the institutions that support the church). We need to shift our focus from internal concerns rooted in fear (how do we survive?) to external concerns rooted in Jesus’ mission for the church (how do we help the church thrive?).
How are we supporting ministry on the ground, in the neighborhood, led by local church pastors and people?
After serving as a pastor in local churches for over 20 years, I’ve spent the last four years in denominational work. I believe we have a role to play. I also believe we need to shift the focus to the point of it all – Jesus at work in the world through the church by the Spirit.