There are only three essential elements for a church to be effective:
1. People who genuinely love Jesus
2. People who genuinely love each other
3. People who share that good news with others
Anything less isn’t church.
Anything more is personal preference.
It’s too easy to allow non-essential preferences to take over our lives, churches and ministries. The danger isn’t that we’ll fail, but that we’ll do the non-essentials so well that we’ll accept them as a substitute for successful, effective ministry.
Perhaps the #1 job of a church leader is not to let our guard down in the relentless battle to keep the non-essentials from crowding out the essentials.