We have started attending a large church and yes you could call it a mega-church. We are not really big on changing churches but if you read my last blog you will know why we are attending another church.
With that said I have never been much of a mega-church person and always looked upon them with disdain. I think mostly from the perspective that I think they are wasting God’s money by putting in a coffee shop or some other convenience that seems ridiculous. Yet here I am. In a church with a coffee shop, a huge youth pavilion with XBox, and a giant stage and auditorium that can hold big concerts.
I actually like it for now. I don’t buy coffee from the bookstore/coffee shop, but my daughter does enjoy the youth programs. She seems to be thriving if not entertained by what is happening. The preaching is pretty good and I feel a little relief that I haven’t been bombarded with the words you commonly hear at a smaller church. Such as “you have the power”, “stand up and resist”, “don’t let the devil get you down”.
Instead all I am hearing is the relatively mundane scriptures. No great proclamations of how much power I have (in God) or how fantastic my future looks if I just believe and pray. I hear about how if I get off my butt God can use me. Probably not in a spectacular way but in a mundane sort of way. I feel relief in knowing that God has a task out there for me that doesn’t require moving a mountain or making great proclamations.
I know this may only be a season in my walk but thank you God for it. I need it intensely.
The other thing I really like about this mega-church… I don’t know any of the internal workings. I don’t know if one pastor is mad at the other or if someone is offended and threatning to leave the church and take their tithe. I don’t know why they sing the songs they do or if there is a music ministry power struggle. I don’t know crap about crap and it is wonderful.
So if you know me personally and you go to my new church don’t repeat an ounce of “gossip or insight” you might have about the church because it will be a short conversation with you see my back almost instantly.
Leave me alone.
Let me hear God and how mundane his next task might be for me. I need it.