Churches just don’t know what to do. It appeared that being “seeker sensitive,” having gyms, Starbucks, even restaurants in your building would position your church for mega-stardom, and if we could just raise the money and get the people to join our clan, or move into our “cul-de-sac”, well then we could even become one of the top ten churches that 90% of the people attend (or so we’re told).
Indeed some are killing it this way. We are told this is life in postmodern America. But along comes some radicals shouting “No.” Maybe we don’t realize cul-de-sac is a French term for dead end…no way out. Yea, it’s all cozy and secure, but it keeps itself to itself. You have to move into the neighborhood to become a part. There’s a cul-de-sac just out my window. Great people. But they rarely stray down the street to “those other people” around the bend.
There are new voices in the church trying to get us to not only take a stroll down the street to get to know our neighbors, but to actually pack up and move out of the Christian ghetto, with its Disney World spirituality and get out into the world Jesus said to “go” to.
Very interesting times we live in. What would a missionary do in another country? Buy a house in a cul-de-sac and wait until people from outside the subdivision moved in? Or would they go to where the people are?