06 January 2010

Multi-Site Church

I couldn't help but chuckle when Chris Rosebrough of Pirate Christian Radio tweeted out this picture earlier today:

In case you're out of the loop, the goatherder pastor pictured is Steven Furtick of Elevation Church in North Carolina. He's one of the darlings of the seeker-sensitive movement, or as I like to call it, the "Let's all Be Relevant" apostasy. I suppose I found this picture amusing because the church that I've recently left is a multi-site church and this de-motivational poster rings sadly true. I've seen firsthand how dangerous a multi-site church can be. All glory and no pastoring, they lack heavily in the shepherding department. What good is my pastor if I can never see him beyond the wide screen that he's projected onto each week, let alone make any attempts to contact him personally?! Years ago, I never would have thought I would state the following: small churches are better. And nowadays, thanks to God-given discernment, I can see why small churches are small. It's because they (or some of them) are actually preaching God's Word and God's Word is not always popular. They're striving to teach the Truth each week rather than striving to entertain. We need to be praying for our pastors who are bold enough to still speak God's Truth in this rapidly-becoming-more-hostile world.

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