Is the western church arrogant? We parade our household name ministries in our impressive buildings, holding attractive conferences with beautifully designed advertising, broadcast our events on high resolution livestreams and produce super cool worship music available on all streaming platforms – and we offer all this to a worldwide audience who have followed our ‘ground-breaking’ innovations. How marvellous we are!
If we peel back the glossy cover, we are likely to see a less impressive reality….
Churches are gripped with consumerism despite the central theme of the gospel being about dying to self. We live for our comfort, pleasure and safety – we live for ourselves
Churches that are growing have learnt to offer better consumer driven experiences than those churches who are losing people
Mission has become a specialism carried out by just a few people
Discipleship is a favoured topic that sells books and fills seminar rooms but alludes practise
Yeah yeah yeah – you may feel insulted and want to come back to me with a billion illustrations to disprove these generalisations and ok, whilst your church community may be doing above average at reaching, discipling and sending people out, I still think my concerns about the western church are generally true. There are of course many wonderful things in the western church and so many amazing people who are loving and serving the Lord faithfully and whilst we do celebrate these things I’m convinced we need more than a few tweaks in the western church – we need a revolution and this starts with us humbling ourselves.
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