Second, it’s an unwinnable game. Even in a church of 100 people, you’ll never be able to please everyone.
Finally, and most importantly, it’s just wrong. Since when did the personal preferences of members become a legitimate reason to keep people away from God’s love?
When your preferences keep unchurched people from the promise of Christ, it’s time to change your preferences.
Here are 7 things Christians should give up to reach unchurched people.
You would think by now we might have solved this one. But even churches who think they’ve solved it often haven’t.
Many churches who call themselves contemporary…aren’t. They’re just more contemporary than they used to be.
Have you listened to the top 40 on iTunes or Spotify recently? Probably not…because you hate that music. You even tell yourself it isn’t music. There’s no guitar. It’s all beats. And what’s with the vocal Olympics? Why can’t they make music like they used to (like in the ’90s), you say to yourself?
Which may be part of the reason your church struggles to reach anyone under 40.
Be honest. Don’t call yourself contemporary if you’re some paler version of it. Self-awareness and honesty actually matter if you’re trying to reach unchurched people.
Sadly, well-meaning self-deception runs rampant in church leadership today.
Be truthful about what you’re doing. If you are, it might just make you frustrated enough to make you change again.