“I’ve actually begun to distrust any church service that makes worship too easy for me. Worship should take some effort on my part, no matter who I am. No, I don’t want a church service that hinders my worship experience, but it should challenge us, shouldn’t it? I want to be a part of a worship experience that requires my participation rather than encouraging passivity.”
Vaters, Karl (2013-01-02). The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking that Divides Us (Kindle Locations 1351-1355). NewSmallChurch.com. Kindle Edition.
Excellent article yesterday from the New Small Church blog. Taking a look at the if-you-only-did-it-our-way types of articles and blog posts, Karl Vaters deflates the idea that the problem is always with the pettiness or poor attitude (faithlessness) of small church leadership. Now that we’ve seen the process of church cannibalism, and how the mega church is a type of cruise ship.
The problem with many church leadership and church growth blogs is that they only offer up discouragement to the very leaders they purport to correct. After reading many of these myself, the message is, “The problem is YOU. If you really cared, you’d do it right, or get out of the way.”
In the Restoration Movement, we seem to be much less Biblically (ironically) and theologically aware of our fascination with technique and pragmatism, Method is more than ever left unquestioned if it “works.” And what “works,” can often be reduced to people in the seats and funds flowing in, with less concern for what is happening spiritually to congregants. I can only hope the NACC is listening.