CHURCH Service vs. Church SERVICE

Jordan Cooper posts this really great quote by Ryan Bolger: “A focus on the church service as connecting point perpetuates the idea that following Jesus is about going to church. The community’s life takes the form of American congregational religion rather than the fluid practices of the gospel, and this emphasis presents quite a barrier to the ‘seeker’ outside, as they need to be converted to the values of American religious congregationalism before they can come to faith.

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Jordan Cooper posts this really great quote by Ryan Bolger:

“A focus on the church service as connecting point perpetuates the idea that following Jesus is about going to church. The community’s life takes the form of American congregational religion rather than the fluid practices of the gospel, and this emphasis presents quite a barrier to the ‘seeker’ outside, as they need to be converted to the values of American religious congregationalism before they can come to faith. Thus, virtually all of those who are attracted to the relevant service were raised in church or are currently going to another church — they are not the never-churched. In contrast, a missional congregation connects with those outside the faith by, well, connecting with those outside of the community in their world. Connecting happens not in a ‘come to us’ CHURCH service, but through ‘go and dwell’ church SERVICE, i.e. service in the community — living alternative lives.”

2 thoughts on “CHURCH Service vs. Church SERVICE

  1. Hey Jason, great quote. I’ve been reading Bolg blog for a couple of weeks now. He’s got some great perspective. I’ll hopefully someday learn how to post some of the great things I read from others without re-typing every word they say:) Thanks for keeping it real. Love to connect with you sometime.

  2. Jason,

    Your article “Detoxing From Church’ hit the spot. It was a refreshing review. I’m looking for people to start multiplication movements that touch lives with real authentic meaning. Let the church be what Jesus intended for us to be –the church -everyday and everywhere touching people without being addicted to this Americanized version or form of church. Let’s encourage the church to look different, be different, while actually being effective. I’m looking for the church to take on a whole new look in a fresh new whineskin. We need emergent/catlytic leadership to chart a whole new course. Great job!

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