Young, relevant, cool, edgy, hip, and trendy. We must appeal to the masses... I guess.
I saw this post by Keith of fivepts.blogspot.com
. I like what he says about these "trendy pastors"
Here is the post:
"The men pictured above are all pastors of "churches" (in some cases, I use the term loosely) that appeal to "seekers" or what I call "emergent" types. They have lots of similarities, i.e. casual dress, haphazardly-styled or no hair, some don't appear to be happy, most are tanned (maybe their church is close to a beach), none of them are over forty, and none of them own a tie. (That one preacher/pastor guy is pretty muscley, too.) EDIT: 07.01.07 - I have been informed by a concerned reader that one of the pastors IS over forty. He should know better, then.
Some other things I've noticed about these "trendy pastors":• They really like to use the word "relevant."• It's more trendy/relevant to refer to themselves as "Christ followers" rather than "Christian" or "Believer."• They seem to have an aversion for anything "old" or "traditional."• They "give talks" rather than "preach sermons."• Music Ministers don't like to be called Music Ministers...they are "Minister/Pastor of Creative/Christian Arts."• On one church's website, the pastor wrote: "God began to burden my heart with the need for a dynamic, innovative, multicultural church, where people could learn God’s truths in relevant and creative ways..."
. Honestly, I've always thought that a church that faithfully preached the Word of God, WAS "dynamic" and "relevant."• One pastor wrote on his blog: "Every movie has a great sermon." Silly me, I thought the Bible had some pretty good sermons in it.• One pastor commented: "I think it's funny that we meet in a movie theatre that's showing Knocked Up."
I think it's sad he thinks that's funny.• One church's website proclaimed they were "the cool church." Groovy, man...if I'm looking for a place to trip!• One pastor noted: "Knocked Up is a great movie." I hope he's kidding.• One church's website, announcing their upcoming sermon series on "sex" proclaims: "God wants you to have great sex." • One of the sermon titles for the multi-week series is entitled: "Leather, Whips, and Whipped Cream." Oh, brother.• Churches are now referred to as "campuses." I guess using the word "church" isn't "relevant."
I guess I'm just old fashioned. I still think that faithful preaching will accomplish exactly what the Word says it will: "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
- Hebrews 4:12