The Ever Morphing, Confused Church World

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?

About Tim Holt

Founding pastor of Seacoast Vineyard Church, Myrtle Beach, SC. Retired January 2021. Pastor to surfers, friends, pastors, etc.
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2 Responses to The Ever Morphing, Confused Church World

  1. J. Raj says:

    Tim & SVC body-

    i love this. i felt & was very missional before getting married and having kids, and truly felt poverty as a calling! now that we are a family of four, i feel like i have to move to the cul-de-sac (metaphorically speaking)… like i have to maintain a safety net for my kids (prime example – i know it’s Pharisaical but i avoid being close with people who smoke now). that’s an ugly trait of mine, but i’m being brutally honest. i still feel missional…but the sobering truth is that when we are not like paul (who says — stay as i am — single), we are slightly less effective. or.. just effective in a different way. i can’t seem to get over me compromising my call in order to have a family.

    (1) please help me reconcile this dilemma
    (2) please help my demographic (christian family w/ vulnerable little kids) learn how to get out of the cul-de-sac

    respectfully and with christian love!

  2. timholt says:

    Hey Jill –

    Thanks for your very touching comment. I don’t think you’re Pharisaical. I think you’re just learning to navigate some new waters. As to “compromising” your “call” in order to have a family, well that’s a very personal statement. I can’t speak directly to that because I don’t know if God called you to be single all your life. My first thought is, no, you’re called to follow Christ into the world as you are … with your family. Do you believe the steps of a righteous woman are ordered by the Lord? I do. I believe Jesus is leading the heart that is sensitive to Him at all times. That means we never end up were we shouldn’t be. Does that mean we don’t make mistakes? No. But if our hearts are His, he has a wonderful way of steering us to the final destination. Plus, are there any children that are mistakes? And imagine, children with a Godly mom who wants to be on mission with Jesus in the world He gave His life for? What a blessed bunch of kids!

    No, your GPS may be “recalibrating” but you’re on the right road. It could be that this is exactly what God had in mind – reproducing a bunch of missional mini-me’s for His good pleasure! Do what you can, where you are, with what you have and you guys are going to be just fine! Just think of all the other moms out there who need a friend like you…and your little ones.


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