McChurch (thanks to Bob Hyatt)

Bob Hyatt has a great article about the franchising of church bodies and services through “satellite” campuses that have become popular over the last few years.

Being once on the staff of a “Fellowship Church” here in Denver and watching closely as this took shape down in Dallas when Ed implemented it, I agree wholeheartedly with Bob’s assessment. I wrote a bit about about the broader issue here, but sum up, using “corporate” tactics to attract people to church is destined to fail because it glosses over Jesus’ primary message in the first place. The immediate returns might appear good, but the long-term effects on people and spirituality are, from my perspective, potentially horrendous; creating an ugly self-centered commoditized faith.

Check out Bob’s article here.



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Posted on February 5, 2008, in Spirituality. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I could not agree more! This church model takes what was meant to be a tight-knit community of believers, living their lives together, sharing their struggles and triumphs, and turns it into a consumer product that people pay to experience!

    Church is not something we consume, it is not a “spiritual infusion” you get at the drive-through. It is meant to be a community. This type of thinking is the very thing that has all but undone the church of Christ in America. It literally makes me sick to my stomach…

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t see anything wrong with streaming sermons from the church website so that people at home sick or missionaries in other countries, etc. can see the message, but come on! This is more like going to the movies than going to church.

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