There are about 40,000 Christian denominations in the world. That’s not a typo. 40,000. Of course, no one really knows. Estimates range from well under 30,000 to well over 40,000, and what counts as a denomination to one person might not count to another. However, the bottom line is this: The number of independent Christian organizations in the world is staggering and bewildering. Why are there so many? What is that all about? It makes us wonder. It can make us upset and filled with doubt.
From January 8 through February 26, we’ll share a sermon series called “Denominations: Christianity’s Family Tree.” Using the image of a tree, where a mess of branches is understood to be unified and sustained through a common root system, we’ll look at eight major Christian denominations and discover what those eight branches offer the rest of the tree.
I believe that we will find that, to a large extent, the fullness and variety in the Christian family tree is God’s way of blessing the world through a multiplicity of gifts. After all, what would a tree be with only one branch? Invite a friend and join us for worship in January!