As we take a deeper look at Consumerism in the Church, we have to understand what exactly is meant by consumerism in our ministries.
Lets start with the gospel. The gospel is clearly about a RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ. And also to share that relationship with others that do not know him.
So somewhere in time we became about extravagant buildings, only allowing a certain social group to participate, and many programs that entertain fellow believers.
Francis Chan in a recent magazine issue talked about what it would be like if we were stranded on a desert island and had nothing but the bible to start a church.
What would we do if we did not have the option to build million dollar buildings, start thousands of dollars of programs, etc?
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Consumerism in the American Church?
Last week we had the privilege to video with Skye Jethani, the author of the Divine Commodity. In his book he talks about how we as the American Church have moved to an enterprise system in Christianity.
We have been wrestling with this a lot at IML, of how we look at Church as nothing more as a bunch of programs, activities, etc. It by far outweighs, giving, missions, and serving the lost.
What are some of your thoughts on this topic, and maybe we can dig deeper into some ideas over the next few weeks?
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