Do we boast that we are a connectional Church? If so, what is our boasting about? What does that mean to our children and young people, to our young adults, and adults even senior adults? What is connectional? According to connectionalism, the church is defined not by formal structures or doctrine, or lines of authority. It is defined by connections between people such as connections between one bishop and another, bishops, and pastors, bishops, and laity, one pastor and another, pastor, and laity, as well as laity and laity. To be connectional simply means the people are connected to each other’s hopes, dreams failures, and disappointments and much more with the thread of love.
The Strength of Connection
The strength of the connectional Church is the people who are joined together by Faith and Hope and Love realizing we are stronger together. When the Church connects through fellowship only, we miss the purpose of connection. When we connect in shallowness and not the depth of purpose, we lose sight of God and what God is calling us to do. The strength of connection must be trust. When we experience distrust in the Body of Christ or the Church, we do harm to the connection. Instead, trust God and do what is best for God’s Church.
The Greatest Connection
The strongest connection in the Christian Church must be through the One from God, Jesus the Christ. Jesus declared I and My Father are one. Without giving a great theological insight to the text, we must be aware of the connection and alignment with the dynamics of the Father and Son relationship reminds the connectional Church to be one. Yes, we have different personalities, thoughts, and directions we wish to move the Church. However, our oneness through connection is the essential force to move the Church forward with God’s purpose.