Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the church. I love the church. After all, it is the Bride of Christ, right? Theoretically it is supposed to be.
I’ve worked for a few companies over the years. In general, when there is something going awry in a company, a team of people examine what is not working and try to figure out how to make it work better. In the business world, the goal is to create new business, many times by snatching customers from competitors. I currently work for a dental implant company, and our CEO is obsessed with trying to snatch customers from our largest competitors. We come up with a marketing plan, an aggressive pricing stucture, and we equip our sales reps to take over the world. Theoretically, our great plans work and we make headway and one day, we’re the #1 company in the world.
So, there is a problem in the church of America today. The church is losing people. Lots of people are leaving. So, what are we doing to fix the leak?
I am one of those people. I love God with my whole heart. I love the church with my whole heart. But when I’ve walked into churches recently, I just don’t feel connected. To God. Weird, right, considering that the church is where people are supposed to go to commune with God? I know I’m not the only person with this issue.
So, if I love God and I walk into a church and don’t feel connected to God, how must those who don’t yet love God feel when they walk into a church?
There are churches that are growing, and I think that is AWESOME. I want to see the church grow in number daily-like the book of Acts growing in number daily. But–if you take a close look at the growth of those churches, how many of those people have been saved from the pits of hell, and how many have left one church to attend another church?
You see, despite all of the business models that are being applied to the church at large, the church cannot be run exactly like a business. I love the branding that is prevalent in the church. People love series because they have a beginning and an ending point. I love vibrant worship. People have short attention spans and need to be entertained somewhat. Churches shouldn’t be snatching people from other churches. The church’s job is to snatch people from the grubby paws of Satan
Studies (that I cannot cite because I don’t have the sources at my fingertips) show that people today consider themselves more “spiritual” than ever. But the US is known as post-Christian. What? If people are more spiritual, how are we in a “post-Christian” era?
What I am trying to say is that there is something broken in the church. I don’t all of have the answers. There is only One who does.
I’m not trying to be one of those people who points out the problems without looking for a solution. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. I love the church, and I want the church to be successful. I’ve read the end of the Book. I know that we win.
The question that I pose is this: How are you being a part of the solution?