Church splits—are they ever good?
Sometimes when a perennial grows for a long time in one place, it outgrows its space and quits thriving. It blooms less and the foliage becomes scraggly. The gardener should then dig up and divide the plant, transplanting part to a new spot so that each new smaller plant can once again grow and multiply.
That works in the plant world. Can it work for churches, too? Just a thought I’ve been musing about recently. Is a church like a plant, or does dividing it destroy it? Can a church split ever be healthy? I know that it is never an enjoyable experience—everyone I know who has experienced a split tells me that. But I’m sure the plant is somewhat traumatized by division and transplanting, too. That doesn’t mean that it’s not good for the plant in the long run. Could the same be true for a church?
Is this analogy totally off the wall? Is there no way to compare the two? I’m not sure. I would really love to have some responses to this!
What do you think?