Struggling churches can learn a lot from the integrity and perseverance of the church members who sailed on the Mayflower and changed the world.
The Pilgrims didn’t plan to change the world. But they did, anyway.
They began as a small church that wanted to worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience. They ended up founding a nation and sparking a revolution. This week, Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. While many of the stories of the Pilgrims are well-known and mixed with a few myths, here's one not-so-well-known fact: it was a small church that founded the United States of America and changed the world.
Their story began in the small town of Scrooby England. A tiny group of Separatists found themselves under constant persecution because they refused to worship in the manner they were ordered to by King James and the politically corrupt Church of England.
The problem with the Church of England wasn’t that it was big, but that they used their size to intimidate and gain political power, instead of blessing people and promoting the Gospel.
So a handful of believers in a small church decided to leave.
Here are seven principles we can learn from the integrity and perseverance of these brave Pilgrims.... Read more
I posted this article not because I agree with Karl Vaters' take on history but because his article emphasizes the importance of standing up for one's beliefs and persevering.