I understand her feelings and agree that it seems a waste of time to share our church's vision with them since it seems that many of them have already made up their minds that NCC is on the wrong path, no matter what we say. It is like what a Chinese idiom says: "playing music to the cows" .
I agree with her too that "whatever God has called NCC to do is purely for our members and I believe only we can totally appreciate and enjoy the whole process. It is also a result of many years of revelation of God's Word in NCC members' life and the vision that God has given the church leaders that we dare to step out to do what we did."
I explained to her that my comments and rebuttals are not really meant to convince the person I am arguing against but rather to give another side of the picture to other readers reading the exchange so that they can make a more informed judgment. I'd like more people to understand NCC's position but I guess ultimately it does not matter that others do not understand because it is enough that we, the members, appreciate, participate in and enjoy the whole process.
There are many armchair critics who make comments without thinking it through thoroughly. That's why sometimes I purposely question them to provoke them into thinking more deeply about and justify their comments. For example, one facebook acquaintance questioned why "NCC doesn't consider other alternatives to 1-North" and I asked him for his good alternative. His answer: "split into smaller churches".
Split into smaller churches? That does not meet NCC's objective of keeping the whole church under one one roof, does it? His answer: "many churches down history and in singapore have split into smaller ones when they hit a particular size. there's nothing new about megachurches' size except their insistence on staying under one roof. if this isn't siege/kingdom mentality, i dunno what is. is a family under many roofs less of a family?"
Okay, let's say splitting into smaller churches is really good for NCC. How do you implement it? How many churches should you split 22,000 people into? How about 5? That means over 4,000 people per split church, if every member just unquestioningly follow instructions (which is how some outsiders tend to view us NCC members; the person who suggested the church split even refer to us as drones) to attend a particular split church. That still makes each split church technically a megachurch. Where can you find 5 venues in land-scarce multi-religious Singapore to accommodate 5 new megachurches? How many more pastors and staff and equipment are needed to serve 5 different congregations in 5 different locations? Most importantly, what is the objective of splitting into smaller churches?
When NCC exhibited the first pictures and scale model of one-north, I (and quite a few friends) found that from certain angles, one-north looked like Noah's Ark and perhaps that is fitting since Noah's Ark, just like one-north is now, was a building project ridiculed by those outside his family but Noah knew it was God's project. Those outsiders eventually knew it too, when the flood arrived.
God bless the integrated hub @one-north. Amen.