Worship as a Spectator or as a Worshipper

“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. read more

Just Stop. It’s Not Helping.

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.” read more