Is There Only One Right Way to Do Church?

Russ | Flickr
Russ | Flickr

Let’s stop looking for a one-size-fits-all way to do church. And stop insisting on it for others.

I have no idea what the right way to do church is.

And I’m growing increasingly skeptical of anyone who says they know.

Sure, I write about it. But most of the time it’s little more than “here’s something that helps me and my church. Maybe it can help you and yours.”

So Many Ways to Do Church

Sometimes it seems like everyone but me has figured out the right way to do church. In the last few months, I’ve heard all of these ideas spoken or written with absolute certitude:

  • If your church isn’t getting bigger, it isn’t healthy
  • Your church can grow using these 10 easy steps
  • Going small is the only biblical way to do church
  • Drop the hymns and bring the change your church needs
  • Keep the hymns and provide stability
  • Be relevant to your culture
  • Be countercultural
  • Be brave and get involved politically
  • Stay pure by being non-political
  • …and on it goes

There are at least as many ‘right’ ways to do church as there are congregations.

Including the way we do it at our church, which looks very different today than it did ten years ago – or how it will look ten years from now.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Karl Vaters