In some of my posts I have talked about new “legalisms” and old “legalisms” that the Church is facing today. In some comments on other blogs I pointed out that there seems to be another generational struggle in the Church.
Keith Drury has written a summary of what he has seen in the Church in the course of his Christian life. I think that everyone should take a look at it. He points out 5 stages that he sees in generational takeovers of the Church. This article will help you to see where you are as an individual or a church.
As an older adult who went back to school to receive a liberal arts degree, so that I could add it to my resume and further my education, I thought was a change agent that was going to be used by God to change the shortcomings of the Church. Wrong! I was late to the fight. I have been in ministry for 11 years and have only experienced ministry in small struggling churches. One reason for this is because I did not have a degree to go along with my ordination; that is another post later. And some of it, is because I just have a burden for these types of churches. Yet, these types of small churches are like those stories about the Japanese that I used to hear about who were stranded on small Pacific Islands and did not know the war was over. Most of these small churches do not realize that the Boomer generation has won the worship war and is now fighting to keep what they won from the Emergent generation. In other word, they have missed an entire war! It is that way in most of the Wesleyan Church. AsI have pointed out previously, the Contemporary movement or as Keith Drury refers to them as the Boomers, has won the battle.
I talked to man over a year ago that left a mega-church where he was on thier worship team as a paid musician. He told me that he was between churches because his church switched to a more aggressive format musically. In other words, they were playing a little heavier music during their worship services. He was angry about it. I realized then that he had forgotten that his church was started because they wanted to play contemporary music. They were pushing for change; but now they there is a generation who is pushing them for change.
Here are my thoughts and questions:
- Is too much evolving, or revolving, in worship a bad thing?
- Do we Christians realize that this war that we are in with each other actually does not matter to those who are lost in world? Whether or not we care to admit it, those people do not care about the type of music or what the sanctuary looks like. When they come to Jesus, they are just thankful that He loves them and has made a way for them to receive salvation.
- When we have this generational war within the Church, can we make the argument that God is changing the Church worship? You know what I mean, is it black and white? This argument can be debated without end endlessly.
- Is Church supposed to be about us or Him?
- Is being missional more important than being attractional? Or is it supposed to be both? If both, then which comes first? The chicken or the egg?
What do you all think? Personal disclaimer: I can worship God in traditional, contemporary, and emergent settings. I just want to generate discussion about why people are willing to fight and die over these issues.