I’m a part of a group called Church Without Shoes. Most of us in the group admit that the name is silly (it refers to the fact that under our denominational “shoes” (distinct practices and doctrines) our feet (faith) all look the same), but we love the group and the idea behind it. The group started when several pastors/ministers from several denominations 1) became aware of each other, 2) saw some similarities in each other, and 3) began to trust each other enough to first pray together, then cooperate together, and ultimately do life/the life of faith together.
Each month the group meets for prayer. Yesterday, we had our monthly prayer meeting at our congregation (First Christian Church – Pleasant Hill). While we were praying, I managed to grab a couple pics.
I really need this group. Do I have differences and disagreements with some of the pastors? Absolutely! Do I see those differences/disagreements as worthy of breaking fellowship with them? Absolutely not. What I have learned after nine years with these men and women is that their faith is as genuine as mine. They are clearly followers of Christ. Maybe the are in error about some things (maybe I’m am, too; I doubt I’ve got the faith perfect in doctrine and practice), but they are still clearly followers of Christ, members of His family, my brothers and sisters in the faith. I believe I have to fellowship with them (1 John 5:1ff), and I am very happy to do so.
If there is a similar group in your area, you should consider participating. You will get more than you lose. If you’d like to check our group out, you can find us on our website and Facebook and Twitter.