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What Happens To Non-Traditional Churches?

If you came to my church, you would find that it is probably different from the church you grew up in.  It is what most people would call a non-traditional church.

We don’t have a choir.  No one plays a piano, though there is one sitting there off to the side.  Nary a pew is to be found.  There is no pulpit for our pastor to lay everything out on when he preaches.

We don’t have Sunday School.  There is no Sunday night service.  We have small groups that meet at various times throughout the week.  We do meet on Wednesday night, but it is not really like the Wednesday night prayer meetings that I grew up on.

I could go through other things that are different about our church and set it apart from the traditional churches I came from.  But  a question lingers as I see more and more non-traditional spring up:

What happens to non-traditional churches as they become the majority?  Do they then become the new traditional churches?

What will be non-traditional compared to the new traditional?

Do I need to find the owl who tells us how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop to get this answer?

Do you go to a traditional church or non-traditional?  What make it one or the other?

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  1. May 13, 2013 at 5:25 am

    The church I pastor started in 2004. I came about a year later and have virtually been the only pastor since the first one stayed less than 6 months. (it was a split and he was from the other church). From the get go they wanted to be different. We have never had a choir, pews (we were mobile until 2 1/2 years ago), casual, and friendly. We have a band and sing contemporary worship music. There was a pulpit the former man used but I quickly discarded for none. Our approach is No Perfect People Allowed. You do raise a good question though. Will the non-traditional become the traditional some day? Hmmm.

    • May 13, 2013 at 5:31 am

      Bill, I just wonder what the alternative will be some day.

  2. robshep
    May 13, 2013 at 6:17 am

    If a church doesn’t change it is traditional. Change is hard. I went to a church that looked and felt the exact same as it did 100 years ago. The people loved their traditions.

    • May 13, 2013 at 6:22 am

      Great point, Rob. If non-traditional churches remain the same, they become traditional. We have to be willing to not do it because we’ve always done it that way.

  3. Jason Sparks
    May 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    The way we reach people for Jesus Christ will always change. The Word of GOD never changes. Different style music..etc.

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