While our theology may swing in a different direction than Carey’s, we think he’s spot on with his thinking on what “church” will look like in the very near future. This is just one of his great articles and a topic discussed (unplanned) in our Meetup this week. Join us for our next Meetup on Sat, May 13!
“Many church planters and leaders who are transitioning churches continue to want to create ‘cool churches.’
The reason ‘cool church’ was effective for a few decades is because most churches were so bad. So Christians (and a good share of non-Christians) gravitated toward a new breed of churches that were bridging the cultural gap.
But things continue to change.
Imagine for a minute that you aren’t leading a church, but running an incredible hamburger stand. You may have the best burgers in town, but what if people want to eat kale? It doesn’t matter how awesome your hamburgers are if nobody wants to eat hamburgers. (Before you email me, I love burgers. But that’s not the point…)
With the rise of post-Christian America, fewer people want what the church is offering, no matter how great we think the offering is.
Cool church was a bridge to get us out of ‘bad church’ (as in completely out of touch) and into something better.
Somewhere along the way, though, many of us confused mission with method. Cool church is a method. It is not the mission.
Having great preaching, a decent band and an awesome facility or environment is not a bad thing. It beats having terrible preaching, pathetic music, and a dingy facility.
But unchurched people are increasingly interested in the mission more than the method. They want to meet Jesus.
They have enough cool in their lives. They don’t have enough Jesus.
Cool church might not stop being cool (cool helps), but increasingly we’ll all realize cool is not nearly enough.
The cool churches that make it in the future will continue to morph into deeper authenticity, deeper community, deeper love and greater hope as I outline here.
This is one of 6 church trends that are ruling 2017. Here are 5 others:”