1.the act or process of dividing; state of being divided.
This is the process that sometimes comes with change. Change can be good in some circumstances but then again, change can be a bad thing if no one is willing to accept the change.
My Pastor at my church is a good man. I, along with so many new people at our church really like him. We like him on a personal lever but also, we like him as a Pastor. The message he sends each Sunday morning is powerful. We learn something. He makes it enjoyable but also, he makes it easy to understand. Not only that but he's extremely personable, genuine, trust worthy. He's not just a Pastor, but a true friend!
I've been going to my church now for about two and a half years. Before I came here, my husband and I were going through some extremely difficult times. So my mom recommended that my husband and I see a pastor for our problems. Then she recommended Pastor "W". We made an appointment and met with him and that night he brought my husband to Christ! An amazing moment!
From that moment on, I attended the church and then about a year later, I became a member. I started going to Bible study and getting involved. Something I've never done in the past with other churches. It's because my Pastor has been there for me with open arms.
My Pastor came to this church about 9 months before I came here. Since he's been here, he's been trying to make some changes. Changes that would bring in others in the community, younger families. Our congregation is mostly made up of older folks but since I've been here, there have been some younger families coming in. It's been nice however, the older folks do not want to change, more or less, they don't want to grow.
So with the changes my Pastor has been trying to make, the brakes keep getting put on because the older folks are disputing these changes. Well, last Sunday my Pastor announced that he is leaving and that he's been called to another church. I was hoping it would be a church close by so that I could follow him. Unfortunately, it's in New Mexico. Needless to say, I broke down crying.
This past Sunday we had a meeting after service about voting in for a new Pastor. I, along with other people, can tell there is a division. So much so that we feel they are going to go back to the old ways, whether or not us "newbies" like it. I'm so upset because I've finally found a church that I feel at home with and now I I'm not feeling that.
As Christians, we need to stand united in God's word and never be divided with one another. We need be good examples as God's followers and show what His word is about and it should shine upon us so that others will see and say "I want to be like that. I want to be a Christian!" We are to reach out to others and share God's word and not be "comfortable" with not growing as a church community.
I think it's time I make a change. I think it's time I move on and see where God leads me now.
"Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose," Phil. 2:2