Here again is why the institutional church is breathing its last and churches are springing up in homes where they break bread together, have fellowship with one another and, relationships are established. This is the way the church met for the first 300 years of its existence. That is, until the emperor Constantine became a Christian and decided that his Christian god needed a temple like the other pagan gods that he used to worship had. Also, in addition to a temple, a priest was needed for this Christian temple just like the pagan temples had. Hence you have the beginning of the professional paid clergy that remains in existence today. Home churches from that time on were banned.
“What’s the problem? someone might ask. “People don’t go to church in the numbers they used to,” we answer. No, that’s not the problem. “People don’t give money to programs like they once did.” Nope, not that either. These are just symptoms.
And as long as you think the problem is lower attendance or giving, then the only possible response is to do what we’ve always done, except do it better. We preach the same as we always did, except now we use screens and PowerPoint. Worship hasn’t really changed, but now we’ve thrown in a drum set. What we are doing is fundamentally the same, yet we somehow expect different results….(excerpted from above blog)”
hmmm….maybe the problem is THEOLOGICAL
Ie changing the time of church or the order of worship and adding more programs (the most common solutions I’ve seen to “change” the church) do not an exciting/relevant…
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