attractional church

Here is an excerpt from The Shaping of Things to Come:

“The early church was attractive to the wider community (Acts 2:47), though there is much more evidence that the church was reviled and avoided in its early days.  Nonetheless, when we say it is a flaw for the church to be attractional, we refer more to the stance the church takes in its community.  By anticipating that if they get their internal features right, people will flock to the services, the church betrays its belief in attractionalism.  It’s like the Kevin Costner character in the film Field of Dreams being told by a disembodied voice, ‘If you build it, they will come.’  How much of the traditional church’s energy goes into adjusting their programs and their public meetings to cater to an unseen constituency?  If we get our seating, our parking, our children’s programs, our preaching, and our music right, they will come.  This assumes that we have a place in our society and that people don’t join our churches because, though they want to be Christians, they’re unhappy with the product.  The missional church recognizes that it does not hold a place of honor in its host community and that its missional imperative compels it to move out from itself into that host community as salt and light.”

— Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch

Any thoughts from the peanut gallery?

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One response to “attractional church

  1. hmm…
    Why would the church in America want to build something that they couldn’t see use for? Why build something if it won’t be used right away. Everything that has been built, was built with a particular purpose. It is irrational for the church to build a building that they don’t see need for. Do they?
    The church, as a structure, I believe, has lost faith. They will only go for the ‘sure thing’, if there is something such as a sure thing that exists…

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