In a recent USA Today the Buckhead Church of Sandy Springs, GA was featured as an example of the model of the church of the future. This 1000 strong bunch gathers each Sunday to watch Andy Stanley on a gigantic screen via high definition technology that once belonged to NASA.
They call it “godcasting” and according to Mark Silk who is the director of the Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life in Hartford, Conn:
“This is part of the new ecclesiastical world order where niche marketing … is the name of the game, and the standard model where everybody gets dressed up and goes down to the … church for 11 o’clock service is not the model anymore.”
Of course the overwhelming majority of congregants at Buckhead and other similar churches across the country are 30 and under.The only downside mentioned was that this model tended to alienate older members and pretty much prevented “pastoral” accountability.
Is this really the wave of the future? Will we all be establishing campuses of our churches and franchising them out? Will our fellowship be linked by our ipods? Is this biblical? Whew! Blows my technologically-challenged mind a little.
My Space… Or Yours
Speaking of the under thirty crowd- I recently took my first journey ever around the My Space universe at the prompting of my nurse daughter who recently got her space. It was, uh, interesting.
I recognized several “kids” I knew years ago at camp and youth rallies. (Boy am I getting old) I was delighted to see some of these young people boldly witnessing for Christ. That did not necessarily surprise me but after seeing some other kinds of testimony it was a breath of fresh air.
Is the My Space culture the one that will tap into the “godcasts”? I know I grow frustrated (but I do not let her know it:) in conversations with my twenty-four year old. I wonder if my worldview was that far away from my parents at that age. And I also wonder how to reach this generation with the message of Christ.
The Code Again
This is the weekend for the big movie and reviews say it is a stinker. Apparently Ron Howard (Opie, you have drifted a long way from Mayberry) has “softened” the script in an attempt to appeal somehow to believers. How? Here is the line:
“What matters is what you believe.” (repeated twice for effect)
For those of us who think “post-modernism” defines current culture here is a prime example. I am going to see the movie. I feel like I need to if I am to be relevant in any dialogue about it. I will let you know my reaction.
“This world is not my home. I am just a passing through.” Praise God.