Saturday, September 6, 2008

Surprises About the Unchurched

Church-going people sometimes have stereotypes of those who do not go to church. They may think such people are thoroughly turned off of the established church, antagonistic to anything Christian or religious, resistive to invitations to Sunday worship, and put off by old, traditional church buildings. How wrong we are.

While searching Google for information on the unchurched, I ran across the following:

Ten Surprises About the Unchurched by Dr. Thomas Rainer

Unchurched Prefer Cathedrals to Contemporary Church Designs by Tobin Perry

The message on current outreach and evangelism often suggests significant changes from traditional practices. Old buildings are not attractive as theater-style structures, so the old cathedrals are torn down for state-of-the-art edifices with drop down screens and cutting edge sound systems. Hymnals and traditional music is tossed in favor of contemporary bands. All this is supposed to be so much more effective in reaching the unchurched. But what if simply having a regular Divine Service on Sunday morning with friendly people in a beautiful old church with stained glass windows was more attractive to those seeking the holy in the midst of this fallen world? Makes you wonder....

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