Is there ever such a thing as the perfect church? Everyone worshipping together in perfect harmony; continuously adding new members and discipling them; inspiring preaching and leadership; generous giving; a shining light both within the local community and with the poor in other areas? Can there be such a church with no problems at all? Unfortunately never – this side of heaven!
Churches are made up of people, and every person not only brings gifts and strengths, but also difficulties. People do not always fit easily together. There are always surprises, tensions, disagreements and divisions. People also change or move on. People with special gifts may leave, become ill or die. It will take time for others to take on their role and they will do it in a different way.
But the vision of the perfect church, working together to bring the Kingdom of God closer, is one we can all work towards. Always remember the church is God’s way of working in this world. It should be the centre of all we do.
Vision is like a star. It is an ideal we can never reach, but if we follow it, we will make progress in the right direction.