Why Do a Simple Church Service

From The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary news service (Towers) article, called Church planting is for Wimps: a Q&A with Michael McKinley:

SBTS: How have you sought to create a culture where every generation, every race and every social demographic knows they are welcome at your church?

McKinley: We try to keep our gatherings fairly “stripped.” This means we read the Bible, we sing songs with fairly modest accompaniment, we pray and we listen to the Word being preached. Nothing very fancy, nothing we couldn’t do if the power lines were cut and we were left in candlelight. In fact, it’s not too different from what Christians do all around the world every Sunday. So while there are some things that are inevitably foreign to international folks (particularly the songs we sing), most of the service feels like “home” to them…

. . . I think most of the emphasis that we put on vision statements is a little silly. There’s nothing wrong with them, but most people put way too much time and hope into them. Preach the word. Love people. Share the Gospel. Pray. It’s not easy, but it’s not complicated either.

So do you mean that if we keep things simple, more types of people will feel welcome? Like Ephesians 2 says? Imagine that, Christians!


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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