I see that Eugene Peterson has been credited with saying that if the church is dying in any way it’s dying from lack of imagination.
I’ve seen at least three churches in my general area have “Try our Sundays, they are better than [Name of Ice Cream place].” Based on the above, I guess I can agree with Peterson. Why is it that we (as the church) come up with new, interesting and creative things…instead we have to copy each other (of course our love of marketing helps). I’m not saying we shouldn’t work together, it just seems like many times it is just easier to copy the sign (or ministry, or program, or whatever) from the church down the street or across town than do the difficult work of prayer and imagination.
There…I’m done now…I feel better 😉