I don't know much about the Church of God denomination. I don't have friends in it, have never been to a Church of God church and couldn't tell you the location of the nearest one. However, this morning I spoke at the Anaheim Convention Center to over 1,200 Church of God youth workers at a massive Church of God youth convention. Every-other year, they host the 'International Youth Convention' that attracts about 6,000 Church of God students. To encourage youth workers, they run a small convention within a convention geared just for the adults. I was asked to speak in the general session this morning. Let me tell you...God is alive and well within the Church of God (good thing since it bears his name!). The room was packed with adults, some paid but most volunteer, who are making a huge impact in their ministries.
I love the fact that the body of Christ is a big, diverse, unique and complex entity. God's spirit is at work in places and through people all over the globe. It's so easy to get caught up in our 'little bubble' of ministry and 1) assume that not much is happening that we don't know about or 2) assume that everybody views their faith through lenses similar to our own.
Today I was reminded that both are poor assumptions.