The majority of people have the basic belief that positive relationships within a congregation will dictate a powerful mission. This wisdom seems to make sense. If people are fighting, this force will stagnant the work of the church. This wisdom creates an unhealthy cycle. Congregations will direct attention toward building relationships with little results. Positive relationships do not come first, rather a united mission does.
Congregations will constantly spin in circles where there is no operational alignment. There could be elements in a church that are supporting the flow of energy, while other elements are distracting to the mission. A congregation is out of alignment when entities work at cross-purposes. This produces wasted energy. What is unrealized is that energy in a congregation is a limited resource. But when entities are working in harmony, this produces a common spirit and synergy throughout the body.
What is interesting is that within the paradigm of a 200 member congregation, often the energy of the congregation is expended on creating positive relationships. This focus is self-defeating. Without alignment of mission, various groups will be at cross purposes. The groups will not unite on mission, and hence will lay the foundation for division, and essentially block any coherent flow of energy. This produces unofficial split off groups every few years.
In the example of Jesus and Peter, where Jesus sternly rebukes his disciple, Jesus is practicing this wisdom. Jesus has the mission of going to the cross, and Peter attempts to sidetrack this goal. Jesus does not allow his relationship to overshadow his mission. The reason is because of this needed focus on alignment. We cannot be at cross purposes and move forward. When a congregation is united in mission, it will be united in all the other areas too.
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