One pastor says in small churches power and who’s in charge often leads to church splits. He says in larger churches splits are often about money and the church’s direction for the future. To prevent splits, he says a church ought to have a clear vision, godly leaders, unity, solid relationships among the people, and be constantly in prayer. These ideas are in line with advice the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5. There he said, “Honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other. Warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people. Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” The apostle highlights prayer because it is crucial in making us God conscious, joyful, patient in difficulties, confident, and hopeful. And when we sincerely pray for others, our prayers on their behalf causes us to respect and appreciate them more.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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