In his book, What is a Healthy Church?, Mark Devers begins with a parable about a nose and a hand. The nose is one of the leaders in the church and the hand is one of the church members. The parable begins with a conversation between brother Nose and Mr. and Mrs. Hand. Mr. Hand and his wife are considering leaving the church because they don’t fit in. They have tried to connect with the Sunday school class which was made up of people who only wanted to talk about feet, socks, and shoes. Mr. Hands also shared that he tried to join a leadership group, but all anyone wanted to talk about was seeing, talking, and smelling. So finally, the Hand’s made a decision that it was better for them to simply leave to another church. Mrs. Hand joins the conversation and began to share her sentiments about leaving the church. She goes on to tell brother Nose her concerns, but brother Nose simply fades her out of his mind. After having irritated brother Nose’s nose because of her unfavorable hand lotion, she finally finishes sharing her complaints. Brother Nose then says to both of them, “we will miss you, goodbye.” As he walks away, brother Nose thinks to himself, “who needs hands anyway?”—Jim L. Wilson and Pete Ramirez
What is a healthy church?, , p. 9-11
There are many people in church who don’t quite fit in. There are people in our churches who are looking to find others like them whom they can share their concerns and work alongside with; people just like them. Unfortunately, when people don’t connect with the body of Christ, they simply leave discouraged, sad, and without having their needs met. What is sad is that many times church leaders like Mr. Nose have a poor attitude of how precious and important hands are to the church body.
1 Corinthians 12:18–21 (HCSB) “But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body just as He wanted. 19 And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? 20 Now there are many parts, yet one body. 21 So the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’”