I was pondering my previous post about pragmatic thinking and it gots me to thinkin’ about “seeker” style churches … then my nose started to run, the allergy symptoms were back 🙂 .
Just to refresh, the definition of pragmatism from my earlier posting says “the best way to determine whether or not to embrace a certain proposition is not by its truthfulness, but by its usefulness.”
Church growth is what many churches are after, and it looks like pragmatic thinking could be the guiding principle. Here is the way I see it. There are already coffee houses, teen dance clubs, live concerts, swimming pools, gift shops, bookstores, all-you-can eat buffets, and many other “bring them in” consumer wants.
If you want serious growth why not have dating services, bingo halls, sports bars, massage parlors, and movie theatres. The list could go on and on, but the line has to be drawn somewhere, right?
Why are churches going through so much money and effort to organize, and implement the next best cutting-edge thing, whether it is the building itself, or a program, or an activity that is run.
Well, if a church wants exponential growth, just pay people to come to church. Yes, why not just give people some Benjamins when they leave the service. Just set aside a portion of the budget to pay people to come to church. Look at all the time and effort saved in trying to think of the next best thing to draw them in. Who is going to pass up cash for an hour of hearing the pastor speak and fellowship outside the auditorium for a few minutes.
I know, I am being absurd. But really, is there a difference? What are your thoughts?