I’ve heard this salvo, in various forms, since I started attending Christ Community Church. I call it a salvo because most of the time what follows isn’t constructive criticism. It’s an unprovoked attack against CCC, or other megachurches, because of something else that has nothing to do with CCC.
One former leader in the area used to say how CCC is a “snowplow” when it comes to its ministry. They felt CCC pushed every other church to the side while it pursued its ministry.
It’s a nice visual, everyone likes the underdog, and megachurches are easy targets.
The individual would then add this “criticism” while saying CCC is a “snow plow”. “I don’t like how CCC stopped being a part of this (“X”) initiative in the city. Because CCC stopped, it makes for more work for the rest of us (smaller churches).”
You can’t have it both ways.
I’ve talked with them, as have others here. We always tried to respond in grace and love, but also with context and truth. We were open with why we were pursuing a particular course of action. We showed how we worked and partnered with numerous churches and non-profits in the area. We reached out to them on many occasions. It didn’t matter. This individual had their narrative set in their mind, and nothing was going to sway them. Even if the above two things they criticized CCC about canceled out each other’s argument.
I’m aware of CCC’s shortcomings and mistakes. I can make a list for you right now if you’d like. I know CCC is not perfect, but there isn’t any church that has it all figured out.
The real problem with megachurches? It’s full of sinners, of which I am one of the worst. Thank God for Jesus.
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. —1 Timothy 1:15-16 (ESV)