Photo Credit: Joel Klampert (Church Sarcasm Timeline Photos) It is true that you can often find the worship leader or youth pastor by the hair, clothes, and generally hipster-ish demeanor about how the church is run. This is especially true of younger leaders, but not entirely a monopoly of the young. It goes further than that. The senior pastor who changed his title to “lead” pastor might have done so to make a statement. Young is cool. Age is…well, not. Seniors are something AARP made up. Could it be that we are too hipster not only for our own good but for those we lead? In a multigenerational church, it will be hard for a modern worship leader to get an 80-year-old to appreciate the gooey, vibey tones of his massive guitar pedalboard. The immigrant family from Asia may not appreciate the course words used in a sermon by the hipster youth pastor. And, when a “lead” pastor gets up and acts more like Gallagher smashing stuff during a sermon, or dancing on the stage to an over-produced walk on video a narrative is formed. All of this looks like a youth group for adults. Well. It is. Now, I have grown up in the church and know the fear all of us have of losing the next generation–starting with our own. This fear is…
Another “Submergent Church” discussion… I do believe in the Church, but some of us in the church still are worshiping the god of growth. Yes, reach people and you will grow! But, what kind of growth? A mushroom grows in a day. An oak tree takes decades. You have chance to read the bio of your church on her website recently? It might surprise you how common it is to list a history based on buildings rather than the stories of the people who built them. Which is better: Growth that lasts in the changed lives of people or growth that leaves our story written by the properties we’ve built and purchased and staff we’ve hired?
I have a simple question for my readers about the evangelical church today. We have big churches, small churches. There is so much good that is done and yet so many stories of things gone awry as well. Today we see the local “church” as an institution, as something we go to, or as even as a bother. What do you think? Do you still believe in the local church today? Why or why not?
SeanSid is a student blogger and the son of a pastor. He is now a contributor to the worship focused Tehilla Music Blog. Seeing as how my dad is a pastor, I have been a part of the church for my entire life. There are many things that can become old and boring on a Sunday morning after doing the same thing over and over for 16 years… such as listening to my dad for 40 minutes or “putting on a show” for some people who expect my actions to reflect my dad’s actions everywhere I go. I had kind of let these facts rule over my whole church experience not too long ago. I could not stand to go through the same routine all the time and I could not stand living under the microscope that pastor’s kids usually do. Continue reading over at Tehilla Music Blog.
There has been a lot of stuff I have followed in the blogosphere about the American Idol singing the Hillsong worship song Shout to the Lord. That song has meant a lot to many in the American church, so I can see why it was picked. Here are some things people have been saying… Shout to…who? My former pastor and author Bill Giovannetti does an incredible job reflecting on the idea of what Jesus we really are shouting to while also critiquing very soundly the emergent theologies and their origins. A must read. Other friends of mine simply are skeptical, jubilant or cautious and with questions about why “Jesus” was omitted then not omitted. Chris Vacher, “Was that possibly the most awkward moment in the history of American Idol?“, Nathan Gaddis “WHAT!?! WOW! Then Ben Stiller came out and pooped all over a really great ending of a show..” and Fred McKinnon says “I’m blown away that this song was on American Idol.” **UPDATE by Paul Joseph, “But surely the A.I. juggernaut has enough sense to ask for permission to change a copyrighted song. Nope.” Here’s a statement from Hillsong Church on CBN.com – no one asked. My take is that it is awkward to hear a top worship song sung on secular TV that is modern when one might expect “Amazing Grace.” What perhaps…
I see a conflict of ideas from the desire in the emerging church to be creative, tell the story and foster a re-discovery of mystery and the activity of the arts. I love this new movement to tell the story of the gospel as well as the proposition. Where in evangelical circles the arts seem limited because of an over-focused over-emphasis on proposition which at times turn art into blatant propaganda the emerging church has problems with art, too. The very ideas of being postmodern and finding and expressing the narrative makes for fertile soil for a musician to write music. It breaths life into the visual arts–whether film or photography or painting. I am a hack at painting (see the photo), but I love to do it. I love photography, too. One concept in discerning what is good art that seems to impact is the idea of form, composition, structure and technique.
Worship Set List – 11/25/07: The teenagers are taking over the church, adopt a child, and flexing in worship flow
You must read Lo-Fi Tribe blog, anyway. But, the post today Working Out Your Salvation With 10,000 Friends is a must read. The changing climate that the emerging church comes of age in really stumps me but Shawn Anthony nails some of this right on the head. Check it out!
This past week at a nationwide church planting conference in Florida Mark Driscoll, a blunt genXer pastor known to speak his mind, appeared on video to the thousands in attendance. The content of his video was about church planting and how church planters are like soldiers. Driscoll strongly is for male leadership and his 8-minute talk pretty much reflected his views, which would not surprise those familiar with him and his ministry in Seattle. Bill Hybels, a boomer, clearly rebuked Driscoll for not considering the women who lead church plants. If you are familiar with Bill Hybels this is of no surprise, either. The result of this spat was the decision by the event leaders to not distribute a copy of the video to the attendees.
Rhett Smith is one of the top blogs I frequent since he has an authoritative pulse on reaching and communicating to the next generation–a thing all Christians leaders should learn. His guest blogger, author Dr. Ray Anderson, is posting about his book An Emergent Theology for Emerging Churches. Click to Rhett’s blog and learn. The emerging church is a hot topic and it sounds like Dr. Anderson has some sane wisdom to dispense about the theology of the emerging church. Here is the post: Guest Blogger: Dr. Ray Anderson on his new book, "An Emergent Theology for Emerging Churches"