The fact of millions of committed believers leaving their institutional churches today is creating quite a stir. What is happening? Is this a move of God? What are these people really looking for or are they just "done" with the church as we have known it?
Guys Is there possibly another reason that people are leaving the organized church that this respected author is missing? What about the fact that people are just looking for a more authentic, free and living relationship with Christ? When you think about it, the same thing happened when you left your parents home and started out on your own, learning to be free and discovering who you really were. You didn't abandon your parents but moved into a new phase of your life. You were moving from childhood to adulthood. In spiritual terms, we call this growing up in Christ.
I am posting for Steve Fivecoat here who makes a good point:
Dennis, I think the author here is more concerned with method than content. Method brings people to church i.e. Coffee, good music, a good children's program etc. but what keeps coming back is content. Do people see the need to go deeper in faith and understanding of Christ. Steve
And this from David Fulton via an email that needs to be posted here:
David Murrow has missed it on so may levels.
Just on one point, below, I am left with the feeling that he thinks this was community. I think the conformity he seems to want a return to is a congregation of robots. I personally never developed a relationship with anyone while partaking in the activities he mentions and I sure as hell never felt a growing closeness to the Lord. I could go on but I'll get off my soapbox. I did say "just one point."
"Contemporary worship is feeding the trend. These hip worship services mirror the individualism we see in the wider culture:
The service has a starting time, but people show up whenever they want to. We simply stand or sit as we feel like it. No one tells us when to sit, stand or kneel. Many churches have jettisoned the creeds and unison readings. Some churches place communion elements on small tables and let folks partake as they “feel led.” Many people choose not to sing at all.
We do nothing in unison any more – and we wonder where our unity has gone? We are no longer a body of Christ – functioning together as one, but a collection of appendages and organs each doing its own thing. Is it any wonder why even our most faithful members attend sporadically? Why it’s getting harder and harder to get our members to show up and volunteer?"