I wonder how often the cause of church splits are due to their leaderships’ unwillingness to plant more churches, or even simply acknowledge or bless their members in their own calling to plant a new church in the very same area.
Maybe the color of the new carpet isn’t the reason they left. Maybe the reasons some churches split over aren’t as petty as we make them out to be. Maybe it’s because we’ve become competitive in our own locale, having forgotten that we are still on the same team. Maybe if we would plant more churches, even if that means it’s across the street, we would see fewer splits, thus avoiding the pain, suffering, and confusion it causes for so many congregants.
Personally, I don’t believe there is such a thing as “too many churches in one area.”