by Gena McCown, Founder WMC
For five years, we have been serving women in the Treasure Coast. Pouring into leaders, connecting ministries from various churches, and introducing these ministry leaders to ministries that are serving our communities. It has been an incredible blessing to us, sharing our 20+ years of ministry leadership experience. It has been a blessing to leaders in our community, and we are beginning to see the longer reach as things set in motion come to fruition.
Recently, I was invited to a Church United Gathering in my city. It was only the second meeting here, but a movement that has been in other cities a bit longer. This gathering brings together Pastors and ministry leaders in our community… regardless of denomination… for the purpose of support and encouragement. I participating in the pre-meeting prayer gathering, sat through the morning worship and message, then went to a break out group session for others who share a similar position in ministry as I do. After the event concluded, my heart just felt so full. To see the same call to unity and support on the church level that we’ve been working on a specific ministry level… I can’t even begin to explain how that makes me feel.
Years ago, the Lord put the call of unity on my heart. Clearly, He has put it on the hearts of others. Not only should we not forsake meeting with one another in church on Sunday mornings, but also we as leaders should not forsake meeting with one another. We have not been called to serve in ministry alone. Leaders pour into others, but leaders also need to be poured into. I don’t know how many cities Church United has reached, but I am thankful for those who have begun this ministry… and thankful for the groups that will be meeting in the days, months, and years to come.
A cord of three strands is not easily broken. What if 2 of the strands are not individual people, but churches… ministries… organizations? What if a brother who is born for adversity, is the church down the street who answers the call of another in crisis? What if our churches who are blessed financially provided an offering to our churches who are in need? What if we shared our spaces? What if we broke bread together?
What if we fulfilled the great commission as one CHURCH?
How do we start? By opening our doors.