Have you seen this video from North Point Media poking fun at how we do church today?
This is great, but the real chuckle in my heart is remembering about 20 years ago as the “contemporary” folks ridiculed the traditional patterns. Three hymns, offering, prayer, sermon, and go. Yep, it was pretty much the same everywhere then, too. What goes around comes around, I guess.
The truth is that it is easier to create patterns and traditions that work than to try to do things differently each week. Of course those patterns should be second to the leading of the Spirit and, of course, they should be evaluated often. But it is okay to find a comfortable groove and default to it. Just remember that the pattern isn’t holy and undefilable.
24 years ago I visited with a pastor who had left his denomination to connect to Vineyard, then a new movement. The buzz at that time was that the evangelical church was stuck in tradition and something new had to come. But he was already disillusioned. He said, “I’ve learned that Vineyard has its traditions also.” Ya think?
God bless Vineyard and everyone who tries to do new things and God bless those who continue in “the way it has always been.”