I recently heard a conversation where one person was in the process of church shopping. This person and their spouse had been attending a megachurch in town for a while, but found it intimidating because of the sheer mass of people. This person attended their friend’s church, which had a similar style but far less people. I couldn’t help but think that something was missing from the conversation. Maybe I shouldn’t have been evesdropping (but we preacher types can’t help it).
On the way home from the beach, my wife spotted a new church called “Church Relevant.” I couldn’t help but think one thing: if they have to call themselves relevant, if they have to advertise their relevancy (like a great majority of new churches do), doesn’t that scream, “Maybe not…”
Think about it. When someone asks us about church, what do we do? We flip the switch on salesman mode: our church has really cool music, our children’s program is awesome, our preacher is so hip, our church is all about real people with real problems (that one kills me–like there’s an imaginary church for imaginary people with imaginary problems). As hard as we try to make our church sound current and, well, relevant, I still think something’s missing.
Maybe it’s time to stop trying to sell people on our churches and start showing people Jesus.