Reflecting on Church #45: Same Church—Different Outcome
With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #45.
The church had two services: one traditional and the other contemporary. However, the style of service was not the most important distinction. The contrast between the attendees was; it was most disconcerting.
Although the age difference was the most noticeable, it wasn’t the most significant. The people at the first service were friendly and outgoing, whereas at the second service, they were not. I felt a connection with the first group but not the second as if they merely showed up to put in their time, treating the church as a passive, solitary experience. I’m not against quiet introspection (assuming that’s what they were doing), but I think worshiping God in the community is a higher intent.
I liked the style of the second service best, but I liked the people at the first service more. Too bad I couldn’t experience both at the same time
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.