Link :: Experience Church, Stripped Down

18Feb06

To Quote:
Church Marketing Sucks: Experience Church, Stripped Down: “I am often asked by pastors how far is too far. From big screens and big hair to modern worship and candlelight services, there are so many ways to do, have, and present ‘church.’ From the mini to the mega, from the old-fashioned steeples to the churches who lease space in night clubs, the experiences are virtually endless. Quiet and sincere. Loud and glorious. Seeker sensitive. Evangelistic. Dancin’ in the aisles. Liturgy. Laughter. Multi-media. Cup holders. You name it and there is a good chance it is available or been tried.

Yet the questions remain: How much should I do? What should I avoid? What is cool? What works?

Here’s a simple approach I’ve learned…

If the electricity went out, and your walls fell down, and your biggest givers died, what would you have left? Would you have a community of people still seeking after the heart of God? Would you still worship even without a band? Would you still be able to learn about God even though you can’t show a video or a PowerPoint slide? In other words, what you have when everything else goes away is what your church is really all about.”

More important words. Good for us all in this thing called “church” to remember. I love worship bands, media, powerpoint, not to mention smells and bells and candles and ambience…. but it is about JESUS. That’s the deal – the only deal worth getting up for.

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