Podcast Episode #170
Discussion about a recent post on churches who are stuck in the 80’s. We also chased a rabbit and ended up discussing a few sitcoms.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Culture change scares people to death, especially when it moves away from their moral values.
- Church programs are not the easy answer anymore.
- You can’t plug and play the Holy Spirit.
- Programs can often become an excuse for people not to do what they should be doing outside of the program.
- Many church members want a me-focused church because it is comfortable to them.
- We shouldn’t be asking what we can do to stop culture change, but how we can meet people with the gospel in a changing culture.
- Some churches would rather die than to get out of the comfort of the past.
The eight ways churches are stuck in the past are:
- They are trying to shelter themselves from culture.
- Programs were easy answers.
- Churches largely catered to the needs of church members in the 1980s.
- Change was more incremental.
- Church growth was easier.
- Denominations provided solutions.
- Others did evangelism for the members in the 1980s.
- Some churches would rather die than to get out of the comfort of their 1980’s paradigm.
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