It seems like Christians often choose the wrong church. 1Corinthians 12 talks about each of us receiving a manifestation of the Holy Spirit as our part of the body of Christ, and that no part can say to another, “I don’t need you.” The fact that we have denominations with reputations should be an indicator we’re off on our concept of body life. Presbyterian churches are know for teaching and knowledge, the Baptists are evangelists, Pentecostal churches speak in tongues and prophesy, CMA’s must be apostles for how many missionaries they send out.
It looks to me like people of a particular gifting flock to the churches that are known for utilizing that gifting. We have all our feet stacked up in one pile, the hands in another, and elbows off in a third. Instead of forming one body, we find where the body parts like our own are hanging out and then enjoy sharing in each other’s familiarity.
Here’s the challenge: run with a church that’s different than you. If you’re big on discipleship, run with a church that’s known for being evangelistic. If you’re a methodical administrator, run with a church that’s “spirit led.” If you love new initiatives, run with a church that hasn’t change in a hundred years. Many of us will be driven crazy; most of us will never try; but if a handful of us don’t start pulling this off, the church hasn’t lived up to her name.