Resistance is futile

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : March 2, 2006

I really enjoy Scot McKnight’s blog.  Not only does he raise the right sort of questions, but folk actually engage in discussion on his blog.  Today he likened satelite churches to the Borg.  Satelite churches are a logical next-step in the evolution of "church-as-event" thinking–especially in the American context.  If church is primarily about hearing a message and singing music together, then why is it important for the preacher to actually be present? I suppose it is just a matter of time before music is fed in too…why not just plant a church in a theatre and have the whole thing fed through a projector and the sound system? The nice thing is, you can pick whatever pastor/worship you want from anywhere in the world…they can be canned, commodified, and shipped to waiting clusters of people anywhere.  If church is primarily an event, then why not? 

Sure, things might not have the feeling of reality that we all enjoy, but enough people seem to be into it, and it is cost-effective.  If it draws a crowd, it is cost-effective, and the preaching is biblically sound and engaging, then why not?

You might say: what of community interaction? Isn’t that what small groups are for? Why not have a sermon/worship set projection in a theatre on Sunday morning (or evening) and have a network of small groups for all the secondary stuff like bible study and prayer? Since you don’t have to pay for a preaching pastor and a worship leader, you can afford a director of small groups/pastoral care and have a paid outreach coordinator.  Why not?

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3 Responses to “Resistance is futile”

  1. Paul on March 2nd, 2006 4:56 pm

    Because it could eventually lead to Consumeranity. :-)

  2. tim on March 3rd, 2006 3:21 pm

    The satilite thing makes sense. How many horrible preachers are there in the world? If a church is where the word of God is preached and the sacraments rightly adminstered, what’s to say satilite is bad?

  3. Van S on March 3rd, 2006 3:27 pm

    Indeed. If we use that definition, then what IS to say it is bad?

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