Here is an article that reinforces my contention that churches must move beyond personal preference in order to reach their communities. All ministry is indigenous, it must come as a response to the culture that surrounds the congregation, not from preferences within the congregation.
For decades, since the 1980's, we have created a consumerist culture in our congregations. A sense of entitlement has taken the place of our sense of mission. Rather than seeking places to serve, church attendees "shop" for a local church. They look for the best bargain, the least commitment, and the flashiest package.
The time has come to return to mission as our primary driving impetus for ministry. Take at look at this article featured in Leading Ideas and let me know what you think! I remain:
Consumed by the Call,
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