Chicken at Church

Rick Saenz pointed me to this Slate article about the rise of the franchise church.

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3 thoughts on “Chicken at Church”

  1. I am no doubt a Luddite, but the idea of the franchised, multi-site church disturbs me. I do not buy into the comparison to Methodist circuit preachers who sacrificed to reach unchurched people groups on the frontier.

    Why do people buy into the idea of their pastor appearing on a big screen? Is it because modern pastors are so detached from their congregations and uninvolved in their lives that it simply doesn’t matter to people anymore?

  2. Hey Jamie. Hope you’re doing well.

    I read that article and had a few thoughts since my wife and I attended Buckhead Church for 3 years when we lived in Atlanta.

    I had never been to a video church and I honestly was resistant to it before we went. But, really, it’s hardly even noticeable once you are there. It seemed kind of freaky and off-setting to me at first.

    But, once we got there, watched the big video monitor, got involved in a small group, got involved in the community outreach, all of our worries were squashed. I’m not saying this is the case with you, but, in my experience, so many of the people that criticize Andy and their model have never even been to the church. They’re just kind of freaked out by the idea, much like I was before I went.

    I’ve heard Andy say something along the lines that, often times, people confuse theology with methodology. We get so caught up in the hows of Christianity, we don’t bother to think about the whys–and the lives who are being affected. Bottom line, if Andy is truly reaching people, and I think that’s hard to argue with without questioning his integrity, then I don’t see the problem with this method. It’s just that, a method.

    So I think it’s just something you’ve got to experience and get involved with to appreciate. The way some people talk, you would think Andy was reading from the Book of Mormon or something, or preaching about the virtues of Judas. I mean there are A LOT of people out there that get all worked up about this video church thing. All he’s doing is using technology to further the faith. If something was inherently disturbing or anti-Christian about what Andy was doing, I doubt I would’ve experienced as much spiritual growth–my wife as well–at his church. Ten times more than the Baptist churches I attended all of my life before that.

    Of course, I’ve got a lot more to say on this, but I don’t want to fill up your comment section. And I’m not trying to disagree with you, I’m not even really sure where you stand, I’m just relaying our experiences there.

    As much as we hated leave Buckhead Church and moving, we had to because of the insanity of working at my prior place of employment. Ugh.

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