Celebrating All Gifts: A New Perspective on Megachurches
Growing up in a smaller church, I always had this preconceived idea that megachurches are “for baby Christians” and if you wanted to grow, you’d settle down in a smaller church.
And I was wrong…
I often placed a higher value on smaller church services compared to bigger ones.
But over this last year I’ve learned it's important not to overlook the value of big-production Christian events.
PEOPLE ARE USING THEIR GIFTS
These events are often staffed by volunteers who are using their gifts and talents as God has instructed.
Unfortunately, some Christians view certain gifts as more acceptable than others.
If you work with children, play the piano, or cook, you’re often celebrated and supported, while those who work with lighting, video, or dance may be viewed as "over the top" or not serious about their faith.
This kind of thinking is misguided and unfair.
God has given each of us unique gifts and talents, and all of them can be used to glorify Him.
There is no such thing as a gift that is "over the top" or not worthy of celebration.
When we shut down people who are using their gifts in creative ways, we are limiting the ways we can connect with God or reach out to non-believers.
Even us at Faithlets has faced criticism from some holier-than-thou Christians who view our designs as being too offensive or "over the top."
But the truth is, we are using our gifts in creative ways to make sharing your faith less intimidating and more enjoyable!
Personal Preferences Are Personal
It's important to remember that personal preferences should be just that - personal.
We should not judge churches or Christian events solely on their production values or the types of gifts that are being used.
Instead, we should focus on the church's doctrine and whether it aligns with the word of God.
The Lord Wants to Use YOU!
A small church that may not have the most impressive production values can still be a wonderful place to worship if their doctrine is sound and its community is welcoming and loving.
But by valuing and celebrating all gifts, believers can begin to help the church in ways they never thought they could.
We should avoid judging churches based solely on their production values and focus on their doctrine, regardless of whether they are big or small.