Visiting Churches

Reflecting on Church #38: Reimagining Church for the Next Generation

Reaching Future Generations

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 #38.

So many elements of this church excite me: a message with substance, elements in the service that pointed me to the worship of God, significant community before and after the service, meeting in a school (and not owning a building), and a group of people that shun status quo religion.

52 Churches: A Yearlong Journey Encountering God, His Church, and Our Common Faith

I felt so at home. This church could easily become my new faith community. I want to say this is the future of the church, reimagining it for the next generation.

Yet for all its appeal and innovation, the key elements of the modern church still exist: gathering for a Sunday service, having a worship team lead us in singing, and hearing a message from a trained minister.

This isn’t a new way of doing church but merely a fresh iteration within established norms. This isn’t the overhaul the modern church needs but merely a fresh coat of paint.

Although it looks nice and feels inviting, I yearn for more.

If reimagining church falls short, perhaps we need to go back to the beginning and reinterpret what true church should be.

[See my reflections about Church #37 and Church #39 or start with Church #1.]

My wife and I visited a different Christian Church every Sunday for a year. This is our story. Get your copy of 52 Churches today, available in ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.

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