The Church Draft System

Church draft systemOne of my Facebook friends recently posted a suggestion that I think has a lot of merit. Instead of encouraging people to “shop” for a church, maybe we should have an annual draft with tryouts, like the NFL. The church gets to pick who they want, not the other way around. Interesting concept.

Perhaps this is an untenable idea, especially for new converts. But for mature believers, I think it has real possibilities.

Think about it. Right now, someone just shows up at a church, decides they like what they see on the surface, and makes a choice to join. But, what if, after a tryout, the new church doesn’t really want them? What if the church checks the person’s resumé, sees a pattern of divisiveness, and says they’re not welcome? Or, what if their former church isn’t ready to let them go?

We have a consumerism mentality in the American Church. It’s all about my needs and wants. If I don’t get my way, I stomp my feet and pout (or scream). And, likely, you do, too. But the Christian life is not about consuming; it is about giving.

Additionally, Americans in general have been ill-prepared to deal with conflict of any sort. We have too frequently learned conflict resolution techniques from worldly television programs.  When a disagreement arises, we have a tendency to cross our arms and walk away. But what if we tried a biblical idea and loved one another even while not agreeing on every issue? What if we dialoged through issues of contention? What if we majored on the majors – clear biblical principles – and paid less attention to the minors? Like it or not, Sunday School classes, music styles, cushy chairs, video projection, youth groups, and sermon length are not scriptural issues. We may have strong opinions about such topics, but they are still in the less-important-issues category.

A church draft system might force Christians to be less me-focused and also to deal with matters in a godly fashion. I think that has real possibilities. What do you think?

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6 Responses to The Church Draft System

  1. Jenn Womack Jones says:

    I think that is an interesting concept for discussion. It would be hard for someone to overcome his/her past, though. Some church would have to be willing to take a chance on “Michael Vick” to see if it could work out, even knowing his past history.

  2. Doug Roby says:

    Sometimes I think we forget that “WE” are the church, and that we are to “Love one another as I have Loved you”. Sometimes we have to agree to disagree. It doesn’t mean your right or wrong, it just means we all have different opinions and ways of doing things. It would be nice to pick and choose, but I think GOD brings people to us for a reason. 🙂

  3. Tom Kraeuter says:

    Thanks for the comments. By the way, I don’t actually think this would be a great idea. There are, obviously, several drawbacks. However, I have to wonder if people were truly held accountable for their actions Church-wide, if some of those actions might change dramatically.

  4. Tina Benishek says:

    What a concept. I have recently grown quite tired of what seems like an endless stream of complaints such as music type and the length of the Pastors message. I try to be patient with folks as I know we are all at different places in our walk with Christ, but the negativity is very draining. Sometimes in frustration I want to say please go find a new church and take your negativity with you and then I think boy Tina you really need to spend more time in prayer!

  5. carollann56 says:

    It is tough in churches today. There is so much disagreement, there are control issues. The church is the people—not the building, not just the Pastor. The one things that you have to consider—above music, and other details is this: Are you getting spiritually fed where you are at? If you don’t want to go to church and are just going because you have some position you have to fill or you don’t want to answer the question of why you did not show up—if there is nothing that seems to speak to your heart then maybe it is time to take a break— I don’t believe in “church hopping”. Maybe a quiet Sunday alone with your Bible at home—-saying your own prayers instead of having a Pastor say them for you—examining ourselves and asking for direction will show us where we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to do. I have things I do for others while I am away from church that gives me a feeling of fulfillment that does not compare to the things that the church requires me to do. Sometimes the body of the church is “stiffled” so to speak. They are expected to sit there with the mute button on while the Pastor takes control. And in the process, many gifts go unused. Where two or three are gathered—-that can be by a river, in the woods, at your kitchen table.

    • Tom Kraeuter says:

      Caroll, Thanks for your thoughts. While I agree with some of what you say, I would still take issue of the idea of not gathering together with other believers. When we have such a notion, we are demeaning the Body of Christ. To think that I can walk out my Christian life and completely fulfill God’s calling and plan for me apart from His people is the height of arrogance. I need my brothers and sisters in Christ, and together we need to be His expression here on earth. And I can’t do that by myself at my kitchen table. “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)

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