I gave my life to Christ fifteen years ago in a traditional church in the middle of nowhere. My church experience before that day was limited to say the least. It could be better described as non-existent.
So, I really didn’t know the difference between traditional, contemporary, or modern church. I just knew that I was missing something in my life and that something was Jesus.
Really, at that time the only type of church that existed in my town was the traditional church. And that was fine by me.
They taught me spiritual disciplines, the importance of community, and how to sing the first, second, and fourth stanza of the hymns.
For that, I will be forever grateful.
I visited there recently on a Wednesday night to hear a friend preach. There were around twenty adults there, they didn’t turn all the lights on, and the worship team didn’t bother to show.
My friend did a great job, and I believe God was glorified.
Does this church need to change? Yes and no.
Yes, they need to get better at some of the things they’re already doing.
No, they don’t need to overhaul their entire ministry strategy.
Modern worship and bright lights would hinder this church more than help.
They’re perfectly aligned to reach the people in the community God has placed them in. They just need to improve upon that.
I feel like some of us believe our churches need to do a complete 180 in order to reach our community, when the truth is, we just need to get better at the things we already do.
If you preach, preach with passion and give the audience one thing they can apply to their life each week.
If you sing, sing praises to God and try to keep it in key.
If you serve kids, spend some time praying for those kids each week.
If you’re opening a door for someone, make sure to put a smile on your face and try to remember their name.
Most churches don’t need an overhaul. They just need to be inspired to care.
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