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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Me Church



Frequent church shopping is a BIG problem by us. We have four Catholic parishes within just a few blocks, not to mention the Lutheran and non-denominational communities, so this video sounds very familiar. One of my biggest concerns is that families frequently insist on being members of parish X, while attending Mass at parish Y and using the youth group at parish Z. It just seems like one of the main points of a parish is to have a stable community of brothers and sisters for support and mutual self-giving. When people start looking at their Church as a collection of good and bad parts they turn a living community into a spiritual chop shop and, most of the time, end up lonely and confused as to why they aren't satisfied. 

2 comments:

  1. *WE* are competition? Duuuuuude...

    Seriously, it's something the Lutherans (all sects) have to deal with as well. Our competition are the big box churches that offer praise bands, killer youth groups, and seeker-sensitive atmospheres. Thing is... there's a point when people need to move from seeker-sensitive stuff to a place where they can grow spiritually. The big box churches have a hard time filling that need which is why we've got a lot of Christians who aren't that strong.

    (My only request other than decent music and liturgy is a nursery attendant -- I have a two year old and fibromyalgia that makes him hard to wrangle and chase. We're trying to come up with a cry room situation.)

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  2. My point wasn't to highlight Lutherans as "competition", but that we have a LOT of churches in a very small area (with a fairly low population). This leads to parishioners feeling like they can threaten to leave if they don't get whatever they want.

    I agree about the mega "super worship band" churches. I happened to be in one a few months ago and I saw their "worship space". Rock concert lighting, drum sets, microphones, etc. Lets face it, that is entertainment, not worship.

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