“I left my Small Church because the quality of worship, programs and preaching wasn’t great. Then I came back to my Small Church because the quality of worship, programs and preaching in the megachurch was so high, it made me passive.
“The big church didn’t need me. My Small Church does. And I need to be needed.”
That was the essence of a recent conversation I had with an old friend.
It made me wonder, is it possible for a church to have too much quality? Could there be millions of believers who are being lulled into passivity by the excellence of their church’s programs, without having my friend’s awareness of what’s happening to them?
To be clear, this is not just a big church problem. It happens in Small Churches too, when the pastor insists on running everything because he’s the only one who can do it “right”. We end up creating the impression that ministry is not something average people do, but something that is done for them by well-trained professionals – and could probably be done just as well without them.
But this is a particular temptation in a bigger church when the quality level is really high. People hear a world-class worship team, watch Hollywood-level video announcements, then pick their kids up from a Children’s Ministry that could compete with Sesame Street. The subtle message is, if my skills aren’t on an uber-professional level, the church doesn’t need me. I’ll just leave my money and go.
Passion Or Technique?
If you had to pick one over the other, which would you choose? Passion or technique?
I get the feeling that the western church, like Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, has chosen poorly.