Yesterdays post caused quite a stir.
Which is ok.
I was talking directly to full time church employees about how they present their Sunday morning environments.
I was them for 15 years.
It was in my blood.
I understand.
But the point that got the most blood boiling was point #4.
Small groups.
When I grew up it was Sunday School.
Which I think I like better.
Nonetheless…
There is something to be said about One Church near Columbus, OH.
They saw a growing community in their church and built a video venue around that.

I think this speaks volumes.
My buddy Wes Molebash commented yesterday that…

“Perhaps this is an area where the church can innovate new ways to connect those folks who are “creeped out” by small groups. It’s also possible that those who are uncomfortable will NEVER be comfortable and I believe that says more about the person than it does about the small group system.”

I agree to disagree a bit.
I agree that the church should create ways for people to grow deeper in community.
I disagree that putting random couples or individuals in a circle to talk about their week, the sermon, and pray for a minute is the way.
Sure it may be A way, but I think it’s not efficient.

I think what One Church is doing is efficient.
Create community AROUND a common desire.

Crossfitters, Readers, Video Gamers, Knitters, Pinteresters…
These people ARE ALREADY CREATING COMMUNITY OUTSIDE THE WALLS OF THE CHURCH.
Why not realize this is how the world naturally creates community and then follow suit?

I’d love your thoughts.
Los