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The new divide

June 9, 2007 1 comment

I’m sitting in LAX catching up on some feeds and I came across a great article from the Seattle PI dealing with the state of Christendom in today’s “post-modern” society.

In some ways, the emergent-church phenomenon is a judgment on established churches. By their very existence, emergent churches say that younger generations haven’t found room or voice in existing churches.

While there may be plenty of open seats in established churches, there haven’t been open seats in the places where decisions were made.

But creating churches for one generation runs the risk of reproducing the problem such churches are meant to cure. What’s new becomes old, what’s edgy becomes mainstream, what’s hip becomes dated. What then?

The author briefly touches on the “why”, and the brief explanation given I don’t feel is deep enough.  However, this would be a great conversation starter.  I know our church is facing these issues as well.  Even though we’re growing, it’s increasingly difficult to get younger folks (20s and 30s, singles and new families) to engage in the “life of the church” beyond attending Sunday services.

How do we fix this?  How do we integrate the post-modern churches and the “classic” churches so our community doesn’t fracture beyond at the crazy denominations we already have? 

Every new non-denom church is really a new denomination.  Is that good?  Am I wrong – should we split up?

In the immortal words of Tom Cruise from Top Gun, “Talk to me Goose!”