Dear Pastor Andy, would you ever take part in an interdenominational event? Like a discussion or social event? Or would you only do so with members of your own branch of faith?
I would TOTALLY take part in one. Denominations are just expressions of differences…they’re not meant to separate the Body of Christ.
In fact, from 2006-2007, while serving a church in a small town of Kentucky, I helped found an interdenominational committee (which quickly grew into a non-profit organization) that would hold youth rallies every month. It was actually run by Sr. High youth from several local churches (all different denominations), and we adults only served as advisers and helpers. Its name was “A.C.T.I.V.A.T.E.”, which stood for “Adolescent Christians Together In Victory Against The Enemy”. We even had a mission statement. The picture above was the logo, which symbolizes breaking down denominational walls that separate us as members of the Body of Christ. It was really awesome, and it made a huge impact among the churches and throughout the county and surrounding towns!
Believe it or not, my original plan for ACTIVATE was formed when I tried to start up something among the local churches in Chicago throughout my denomination, but none of them were interested. Either they couldn’t grasp the point, or they just didn’t want to. 10 years later, they’ve finally put it together, but it’s only throughout the denomination, not interdenominational.
A wise seminary professor of mine once told me that “Denominations aren’t sinful…it’s only when they separate us that they become sin.” So have fun with your interdenominational friends!