The Church Is Not A Factory

For far too long the church has had an unhealthy and unrealistic expectation that all people should be at the same place at the same time.

I love this quote from “When The Heart Waits” by Sue Monk Kidd,

“If all souls developed in cookie-cutter fashion, we would have spirituality by duplication rather than by waiting and transformation.”

In so many different ways we often communicate…

Everyone should be happy. (But at times even Jesus was sad.)

Everyone should be balanced. (But doesn’t God speak to us in our seasons of imbalance.)

Everyone should be serving. (But didn’t Jesus commend the woman who just sat at his feet.)

Everyone should relate to God in the same way. (But isn’t Scripture full of examples of different people relating to God in different ways.)

These expectations have done immense damage to the body of Christ.

We need to help people begin to understand that God can and will meet them in the midst of whatever season they may find themselves.

We need to help people begin to understand that God can and will work differently in your life than He has worked in my life.

I don’t have all the answers, I just know souls don’t develop in cookie-cutter fashion and churches were never intended to become factories which cranked out people who would be at the same place at the same time.

7 Responses to “The Church Is Not A Factory”

  1. Amanda says:


  2. This is AMAZING!! The family of God needs to get this in our heads QUICKLY!! Or we see a ton of people lost because our unrealistic expectations!! Thank u for sharing!!

  3. Amen. It is great to hear a pastor speaking this way. It is a healing word needed for the Church.

  4. Pastor Shaun says:

    Makes me wonder not just about the “factory” model … But also about our use if the “school” model …. Instead of the “disciple” model …!

  5. Judy says:

    And THIS is why I am absolutely against a church wide book reading with studies that small-groups must utilize. I’ve seen first-hand that it teeters on a dangerous slippery slope. We ARE unique. Fearfully and wonderfully made. We are NOT always in the same place on the journey. God may have convicted YOU of something but is speaking to ME about another issue. I do believe that Jesus would be overturning many product tables if He were physically present today. And the mass commercialization of church have left many bleeding out on the side of the road while their list-keeping brothers and sisters in Christ step over their wounded bodies. :(

  6. Dan says:

    Thanks for the reminder that God speaks to us most in our imbalance.

  7. Thomas says:

    I recently started reading Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas. It discusses how people worship God through nature, rituals, confrontations, or even just contemplation. Check it out!

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