Culture is always changing. Life changes. The way we do church is changing as well.
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We are working on something called interactive church or conversational community.
A little history about different ways the church has looked in different eras:
- During the middle-ages it was primarily through sacrament.
- 500 years ago the Protestant Reformation made it more about preaching.
- Lately, music has become the main focus of the church and the primary way that people connect with God.
Here are the two really interesting things about that:
First, in each new era, the previous way still hangs around – it is just not as prominent.
So in the reformation, sacraments were still present but just not primary. Preaching was the main attraction.
Now in the ‘music’ era, we still have preaching and sacraments (for the most part) but in many circles they are secondary or driven by the music.
Second, I truly believe that we are about to enter a very different expression. This future of the church is going to be in:
Who shows up really matters. People’s participation really matters. They get to contribute their unique insight, perspective, and experience.
People are walking away from traditional church in record numbers – nones and dones are the fasting growing segment of religious affiliation on the most recent census data.
But there is a different way to do church that opens up the conversation to inquiry and doubt … it facilitates a thoughtful space to ask difficult questions. That is my hope for doing church this way and for becoming a conversational community.