Let’s face it, church is optional these days. Worship. Support. Volunteering. Serving. Learning. All of it is optional. There are no state laws compelling us to participate. There is no social pressure guilting us into participation. This is a good thing and as it should be.
However, the institution we’ve inherited from Christendom never foresaw such a possibility. Our whole structure – from our governance structure to our building and facilities to our structure for ministry and mission – is all built on the assumption that regular worship, learning, support and participation in the life of the congregation is the norm for all of our members.
All of which leaves us in a bit of a pickle. The institution demands regular participation, but participation is optional. How are we going to deal with this?
If you’re ever wondering: Why won’t the church just leave me alone and let me commune with God on the golf course in my own way? – that’s why. We’re trying to keep a Christendom Church alive in a Post-Christendom age. The two are simply not compatible.
So then, something has to give. What’s it going to be? What do you think?