Church Unity Like We Have Never Seen it Before

A few months ago, I felt churches urgently needed to begin exercising their unity muscles for the Glory of God and for their own well-being.

Jesus Worship

A few months ago, I begged churches to begin worshipping and collaborating together. I felt there was an urgent need for us to begin exercising our unity muscles for the Glory of God and for our own well-being. I knew nothing about the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the time, but it’s here now, and we need each other as Jesus-people more than ever.

Drive-In Church

A few days ago, a Maryland pastor became notable for suggesting a drive-in movie experience for his church’s Sunday worship services. Congregants and guests would visit and be in unity, but they would stay in their cars for the entire service.

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Until told otherwise, this is a great example of turning lemons into lemonade. We need each other, and we need the ability to worship in unity. This drive-in idea and similar ideas will showcase just how creative the church really is. As Jesus-people, we have the most compelling reason to be creative of any people on the planet.

Virtual Church

Much to the chagrin of many, virtual church will need to make waves. I’m choosing to make a distinction between virtual church and online church. Virtual church is a natural evolution from online church. Virtual church tries to overcome the limitations of online church by connecting with people on a more intimate level.

It’s the difference between hearing someone and truly listening to someone. We want a digital church experience in which people can intently listen to God’s word.

Online Groups

Some of the best churches I know started as groups around the dinner table. For the time being, many larger churches may have to adapt that style—albeit around the digital dinner table. There are lots of good resources to accomplish this level of unity: Zoom, Google Hangout, Skype, WebEx, and iPhone Conference Call. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Regardless of which digital avenue is taken, the destination is the same. We want to learn how to love others and how to be loved as an expression of accepting Jesus’s love for us.

1 Corinthians 12:27-28Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. (NIV)

Churches in Unity

The most important thing to remember in all of this is that every church isn’t excellent at everything. Some churches are great with small groups or home groups. Others are magnificent at serving their communities felt needs. And others thrive at live worship music. Whatever the case, we’re better together—especially during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

Question from Ben Baxter, the author.

Have you noticed the church becoming more unified?

Written by Ben Baxter

My name is Ben Baxter. I am a husband, father, elder, engineer, and financial coach hailing from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I am a regular contributor of personal finance and career development topics for The Birmingham News / AL.com. I am also the owner/editor of the multi-authored blog, Baxter & Friends.

8 thoughts on “Church Unity Like We Have Never Seen it Before

  1. Ben this is such an important post. Thank you for sharing this. My local church, Celebration has also started getting other churches together. It’s been amazing to watch. Thanks for being at the front lines of this. I appreciate all that you do! LOVE THIS POST!

  2. There is an obvious piece to unity that is missing in this article. Not finding fault, just giving food for thought. But doctrinal unity within the church is an ingredient that Paul emphasizes. And we are far from being there yet.

      1. These blogs would seem to say otherwise Ben. But give me your reason for your thinking.

  3. Yes, me I did.
    I am not part of a church, and only know people who are not either. Just a very loose connection of acquaintances.
    But over the past year we started talking more and more. Even having some meetings at the doorsteps of a church.
    And that is progressing, warming up.

    1. If nothing else, I’m glad your Christian acquaintances are trying to be good neighbors. I hope those relationships start to flourish.

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