Checklist Christianity

Ahhh, the checklist.  We just love them.  Christians, I mean.  We have so much fun creating a set of rules for people to follow.

This past weekend at our All-Church Retreat, spent a few days talking about what God was doing at our church and how we might be part of it, how we might join Him.  And of course, some wanted to reduce our joining of God to a checklist, we wanted to reduce a relationship to a measurement.  And, those measurements?

  • How often we read our Bibles
  • How often we pray
  • How many small group we participate in
  • How often we attend Sunday services
  • Who sits/stands during worship
  • Who did/did not attend the retreat

This morning, I was reading Romans 14.  Hear what Paul has to say about checklists.

“None of us are permitted to insist on our own way in these matters.  It’s God we are answerable to – all the way from life to death and everything in between – not each other. That’s why Jesus lived and died and lived again: so that He could be our Master across the range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other. (emphasis mine).

No doubt, people should count their lucky stars that I am not God, because my checklist would be an unbearable burden for you.  Just as your list for me would be unbearable.

Thanks be to God for grace, mercy and Jesus.

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  1. I love my checklists, being a goal-oriented person in a relational ministry, but checklists only get “things” done, not relationships built.

    • xjm716

      One of the adults that serve on our ministry team with me loves managing my meetings by checking things off, and I love her for it. I wonder, how might we “sell” people on the value of relationship?

      • I definitely would figure out what their roles are. Maybe they are not ready for going that next step of relational ministry and pressing it would be a mistake. At the same time, even if they are ready to enter into relational ministry, taking away that goal-oriented task may still drive them away. Feed off their strengths and share with them the full potential they could have, but never pushing them further than they should go.

  2. xjm716

    good stuff.

    Question: Isn’t all ministry relational?

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