As I wrote about in Are Churches Fixing Problems No One Cares About?, much of the current wave of complaints being voiced about the institutional church has little to do with being anti-God, or even anti-church. Often, these frustrations are cries from a deeper longing for a real experience with God and for a healthy, relational church to express it in.
There’s a sizable group of people who don’t want the well-ordered, fully-prepared, more-passive-than-participatory experience that we’ve worked so hard to provide for the last generation or more.
They want more intimate, less predictable, even quirky fellowship and worship. And not just in small groups during the week.
People want to know they're more than another butt in the seat or buck in the offering during the main weekend church services.
More Than One Way To Do Church
The era of the megachurch may be drawing to a close as the perceived “best” way to do church.
A new era may be starting up in which we value what churches of all sizes and styles can bring to the mix.
I hope so.
I may even be starting to believe so.
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