Let me get to the point. In my conversations with friends who are not followers of Jesus I have discovered that jacked up campaigns with great show and lights are not why people get connected to the Church and hear the Gospel. This has been done with people talking to people about Gospel and the reality of how the Gospel is the power of God for salvation.
My friends who are not Christians are smarter than that. By the way, I’m all for worship that is as jacked up as it can be as long as it is a true indigenous reflection of the church demographic that is gathered there. Driscoll in Seattle has Apple, Microsoft and about as much film and art population as there is in America, and their service reflects the skills of their redeemed population. That is called indigenous, and it is a tool that the Gospel can take advantage of in reaching that particular demographic.
My question is this: why do folks in the South keep thinking that if we imitate what others do that this will attract people? Oh it will attract people. People from other churches who want a cooler gig. But it will not attract the population that is unreached here.
What I want to see is what gathered worship will look like coming from a redeemed group of Romans who are not part of the cultural epidemic called “Christianity” as it stands. But people previously unengaged with the Gospel, transformed, gifted by the Holy Spirit, bringing their offering of a living sacrifice in song, skill and any other medium necessary.
This does not even begin to discuss the object of worship. By the way, worship is for Jesus, not people to consume and think it’s cool and come back for more. If we design services for people RATHER than for Jesus by people looking like that people’s expression of adoration, we are guilty of idolatry (read this sentence carefully before you come off half-cocked and post folly).
There is no doubt that there are examples of people who came to a mediocre show and engaged with Jesus there and were transformed. No doubt. However, is this the wholesale means by which out town will be won? Plus, we can’t keep up with the entertainment level of television. That is not our job. It is our job to make Jesus and the cross clear (see 1 Cor 2).
What do you think?