I got very discouraged today about rivalry between churches. A little under a year ago, I came to this pastorate. Right about the time I got here, the other SBC church in town had a split. Naturally, in a town this size, a few of those from the other church began coming to ours. I was open and honest with the other pastor about this and made sure that he (as well as our deacons) understood that our goal was for unity in his church. We kept our distance and encouraged people to do what they could for unity. Now we're past that, although the other church struggles a bit with their new lower numbers and some other factors. On the other hand, our church has been doing great. We've seen strong spiritual growth among our members and recently has revival during (of all things) our spring revival. In the process of the revival, we had 50 people make decisions for Christ! Now we are following up on those and many other prospects. Since the revival, I have had two meetings with the other pastor. In the first, he shared his skeptism of our revival and said that he really wanted to see the long term effects of someone's conversion as opposed to an alter call and then having to follow up. That's fine. He can pastor as he sees fit. I'll lead this church as God directs me. However, today, he informs me that he has heard of people that made decisions at our revival and he is going to be talking to them about joining his church. After all, he says, its not a competition. He's right there, its not a competition, and if the move of God that we experienced happens in other churches and spreads through our community I will be thrilled. But to me, to express skeptism in what is going on and then try to beat us to the prospects door seems a bit like he's the one competing. So I guess, beyond venting, I'm wondering: If you were in my situation, how would you react? If you found out who in your town had made a decision at another church, would you go to convince them to give your church a shot instead?