I agree with everything you said, but have a slightly stronger stance against multi-site. It seems to be sweeping the country these days, and as someone who would like to plant a church (a real church) someday, I find the idea of being a non-preaching “campus” pastor who supports a one-size-fits-all model extremely distasteful. What is incarnational about a video feed? Why should church be “branded” like Starbucks or McDonalds? You may not know what you’re getting when you visit a local church… it could be a real loser… or it could be innovative, and focused on people in the community… rather than being a slick and professional presentation of God, Inc.
That, to me, is freaking boring… and I’d gladly take my chances with the local flavor!
That may not be entirely true for coffee… but I’ll tell you this much…visiting a town is one thing (Starbucks), but once I find a really good local, innovative coffeehouse, I’ll forsake the Green Mermaid any day…As much as I support Starbucks in my town, it’s only because there are no good locals (yet).
And what happens when another “brand” of church moves into town, and it has a better flavor (better music, slicker preaching) than the multi-site church you dumped thousands of dollars into (rather than birthing a church plant)? The overly-entertained, consumeristic “customers” are going to bail on you, dropping you like a bad habit. In the business world, you’re only popular if you’re the coolest thing in town. New churches have to deal with that too, at least on some level, but not nearly as much as the franchised church movement.
November 30, 2006
Conversations with a Future Church Planter pt. 3
Here is part 3 in the series: Conversations with a Future Church Planter. This is an e-mail conversation that a friend and I had over the past week or so. I thought it would be good as it begins with one model of ministry, but turns to something deeper and more focused. This is a developing, growing conversation. Please read the rest of the series. Here is the rest of the series. My Friend responded: