Well, it’s my blog, so I’m going to be honest: sometimes I think we churches focus too much on worship. I love worship, but in some struggling churches it is all we really do. Our best energy and effort is funneled into worship experiences that are designed primarily to please the existing membership. And then, by Sunday afternoon, we are tapped out for another week and no one has energy to engage in any mission.
So I was intrigued by a new Presbyterian church development called East Broad Outreach Center in Mansfield, Texas . Pastor Shane Whisler says, “We asked ourselves: what if you started a church by putting the mission committee in charge?”
Instead of a “church”, they started a mission center that organizes community service projects like a community garden (above), a clothes closet and a food pantry. They also meet for study once a week and, oh yeah, they worship together once a month. You can read the Presbyterian News article about it here.
What do you think? Is it still “church” if worship isn’t the central activity?