A few days ago, I was at a church retreat. In response to a question on what challenges the church is facing, a woman remarked that one challenge is how people don’t really want to get involved in church. They don’t see it as a life, as much as a place where they can get their needs met and be on their way.
I was glad to see someone in the pews notice this. It’s been a growing frustration of mine over the years. Pastors are pushed in many ways to try to make their churches appealing to folk, especially the oh-so-important Millenial crowd. We are told that younger folks are not interested in serving on committees. We are told they want to do mission. We are told they want a church that is welcoming to LGBT folk. So, we try to do everything to try to attract people: we offer more mission opportunities. We push for our churches to be Open and Affirming. We try to make our worship experiences more hip. There is nothing wrong in trying to be hospitable and welcoming. I’m not saying we don’t engage in mission and I most definitely am not saying churches should not welcome LGBT persons. But there is a danger in that we start to trade the call to discipleship, the call of Jesus to follow him and replace it with a slick marketing message in order to gain market share among a certain demographic.
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