The second break-out that I went to was with Tim Stevens of Granger Community Church. I’m a big fan of Tim’s blog, Leading Smart, which is definitely worth a visit. Time was drawing on the material in his latest book, Pop Goes the Church, which is about the connections between popular culture and church ministry.
“People are most open to God when they go through times of crisis or transition” – Rick Warren
REALITY #1: in so many places, churches are not making an impact; in fact, oftentimes churches are actually the problem
Christians are: “hypocritical, too focused on getting converts, homophobic, sheltered, too political, and judgmental” from UnChristian by David Kinnamon
“People avoid church because they perceive church life as irrelevant; they have vivid memories of bad personal experiences with churches; they feel unwelcome at church…” – George Barna
Three buckets of people:
- Churched –we’re doing great with these people, but not with the rest
REALITY #2: Spiritual interest is growing in our culture.
Recent Lifeway Research study: 86% people believe they can have a good relationship with God without going to church
Why is this the case?
- Churches are too busy answering questions that no one cares about
- Churches don’t allow people to ask their toughest, pressing questions
“The church isn’t a place for questions, it’s a place for answers.”
“I believe that it’s possible for the church to enter the conversations that people are already having about life, truth, and eternity.”
John 1:14 (The Message): “Christ became flesh and moved into the neighborhood.”
- Using secular music to raise issues that many people are dealing with
- Leveraging the seeking in our culture, and celebrating our journey
Biblical rightness & wrongness of this??
- Paul mentions the idols in Athens – “Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you” – Paul in Athens
- Paul mentions poetry/song from Epimenides and Cleanthes
Paul is taking a pop culture element and reinterpreting it or adding meaning to it. It is now a part of our Scripture.
- 2-3 months/8-10 weeks in advance
- Picked theme; know specific titles for each week; know big idea for each week
- Senior team: 7 people together
- then hand-off to creative team
What can a church of a couple hundred do to access that sort of thing?
- Find people on your team, or in your church, who can help you think creatively
- Watch other services online to get ideas for that
[This is part of a series of note-posts from the Exponential 2010 conference.]