I walked into a big ribbon cutting at our local hospital the other day. New cancer unit? Nope. New pediatric wing? Nope. New diagnostic equipment? Nope. Coffee bar. I understand profit. Nothing wrong with that.
So, yesterday guy in my church who works for a coffee servicing company, tells me about a nearby church whose monthly coffee bill is $2,000 and another’s that is $500. While I understand that cutting edge churches must have coffee bars just like music ministers, uh, worship leaders, must have goatees, I do wonder what the Lord thinks about formalizing a drug addiction in the church budget. Two thou a month could start a church somewhere...
I visit a couple who has visited our church and they explain why the hottest church around wasn’t for them. Seems it was the pain inflicted by the music. The volume. The decibels. If everyone can hear it, why jack the noise level up above that? Seems Elijah called for more volume on Mt. Carmel. Maybe that’s the principle behind it.
Guy came by the church wanting to start a cutting edge church in our area. He was looking for support and presented a budget that was higher than most church budgets in the association and explained that he would need a month’s vacation when he moved to the field so he could get his family settled. Huh?
OK, so I’m a renegade and a curmudgeon and whaddaIknow about cutting edge churches? Not much, I suppose.