Thursday, February 28, 2013


Know Your Place

Rev. Adam J. Copeland @ HuffPo:
While many mainline churches say "we want young people," they don't really. If young adults actually showed up and joined their church for good, the change they'd naturally bring with them would be stark, even off-putting. In fact, making a congregation welcoming for young adults necessarily means it will get less comfortable for the current members.
There is something just wrong here. Church is meant to 1) preserve the faith and 2) spread the faith. The first purpose means that change should come to the church slowly and deliberately, just to make sure we are preserving and not warping. The second purpose means that EVERYONE will be uncomfortable in church to some extent as we are all in the process of being stretched and grown.

Part of spreading the faith is building maturity. That word maturity means that young adults will feel a bit more uncomfortable than their elders becasue they have more growing to do. Rather than looking for a place that is "theirs," young adults should be coming to church looking for a place to grow.

We have reduced everything to "fashion," but somethings are not fashionable, some things are better than others, and they do not change simply becasue tastes change. Being cognizant of that fact alone could change the church forever.
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