Continuing my highly derivative series on church trends, the next six are from Carey Nieuwhof’s post 6 Disruptive Church Trends That Will Rule 2017.
Trend 13: Cool Church Will Morph
[H]aving great preaching, a great band, and even lights and haze is less a guarantee of growth.
The reason ‘cool church’ was effective for a few decades is because most churches were so bad. So Christians (and a good share of non-Christians) gravitated toward a new breed of churches that were bridging the cultural gap. …
Having great preaching, a decent band and an awesome facility or environment is not a bad thing. It beats having terrible preaching, pathetic music, and a dingy facility.
But unchurched people are increasingly interested in the mission more than the method. They want to meet Jesus.
They have enough cool in their lives. They don’t have enough Jesus.
In the Churches of Christ, we don’t see a lot of “cool church” except in youth and campus ministries. And my observation is the same as Nieuwhof’s: the appeal is quickly declining as young people prefer authentic discipleship to coolness. Then again, bad music, bad preaching, shoddy facilities, and such will not help any ministry of any kind. We need to care enough to do things well.
But the goal isn’t to be hipper (is that still a word?) than the church down the road. It’s to help our young people find and learn to live like Jesus. That would be really, you know, cool.