You see, the emergent church has a brand new way of “doing” church.
They’re going to get rid of those old hymns and replace them with 3 chord 4/4 pop songs where the lyrics sing praises to “you” – whoever “you” is, well that isn’t clear.
They’re going to put a fancy new facade on the building because people don’t attend churches that look like churches.
They might start serving starbucks or have a cervesa/enchilada night because non-churched people like trendy overpriced sugar drinks, Mexican food and beer.
There’s a good chance they’ll start showing clips of your favorite movies in church and then doing sermons around them, because human psychology/pop culture marketing/behavioural science say that people are comfortable with things they are already familiar with.
And of course the emergent church wants to do away with the old church goers that can’t “get with the program” because, we are told by people like Rick Warren, they are dissenters, and are holding the church back from real growth.
The problem with this whole outlook started way back in our first sentence in this post. A new way of “doing” church. A friend metnioned this to me recently. He said he wished people wouldn’t throw out the emergent church model, because they have some great ways of “doing” church.
And that is what church has been relegated to. Something we do. A family friendly activity. No different than music lessons for the kids, soccer on Wednesday’s, etc. The church has now become a series of events. Kids night, teens night, Bible study night, family night out, men’s breakfast, outings for mom’s or singles, Saturday play day, bowling, brunches, special entertainment nights, concerts, conferences and speakers, Saturday night movie, and it all winds up with Sunday school classes, worship and special music numbers by select bands, a special guest asking us to give, maybe an appearance by a local celebrity about how their “faith” has changed their life, and then the big sermon series by the lead pastor – part 7 of 12.
No, I don’t believe church was ever meant to be just something we “do.” A brilliant man said something that stuck with me. I don’t remember who it was but it was likely Paul Washer. That is, rather than running around like Bill Hybels and those who subscribe to his church growth movement, who are surveying the community to see what kind of church THEY want, the church should be asking “what kind of bride does CHRIST want?”
Because church isn’t supposed to be something you do, the church is supposed to be the bride of Christ.