11.21.2005

Unhappy with my church...

As some background, I have been at the same church since I moved to Mankato. That is about 2 years now. During that time I have been heavily active in youth ministry and have always gotten something out of Sunday morning worship.

Well, that is until we got a new lead pastor. I want to be clear on this, I think our new pastor is a great guy and is theologically very good. The problem I have is really in his preaching style. I have always been a strong believer that successful preaching should be similar to the way Jesus preached. Speaking in parables, Jesus used stories to convey deep theological meanings to the masses using everyday situations that they could grab hold of and easily remember in their daily life.

That just is not happening with our new pastor. Instead, I feel as though I am in a theology class where I am just having information crammed into my head. It's frustrating and I know I am not alone in my frustration.

Also, the worship at my church has taken a significant drop in contemporary status. It seems we are stuck in a time-warp circa 1995. My hope is that this is more a side-effect of not having a lead worship pastor for the past 6 months, but I have my doubts. It is starting to look like this is just who my church is. Ugh.

At the same time, I look at this complaints and realize I may be asking for too much. Why can't I simply be happy with the worship I have? Isn't it really more a condition of my heart than anything else? And if there is a problem I have with it, should I be the one to make the change somehow?

Not really sure what to do on this one. Advice is welcome.

1 comment:

Zach said...

Also, being someone that actively serves in my community church. Here is the truth, a church is a body of believers. As such, any product of the church (worship or otherwise) should reflect the hearts and vision of the people. If you don't feel like that is happening then maybe more people in your church need to get off the sidelines and start serving more. I don't mean more people should start critiquing the church. No completely the opposite. They should support and grow the current ministry. Love your pastor and have patience. I believe that sunday service is a time reserved for reaching the seeker. True growth happens (mostly) in relationships and small groups. A church will be nothing without the service of the believers. Have a great day man!