The Detroit Free Press profiled Rob Bell, pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich. and his upcoming book, Velvet Elvis, came up as a metaphor for out of date churches. So of course Mars Hill is all about reaching people where traditional churches have failed. And the church is mostly comprised of twentysomethings, the one demographic missing from most congregations.
Bell’s approach is to get back to the basics:
“This journey we’re on at Mars Hill isn’t about numbers,” Bell said. “You’ll never catch me selling ‘Seven Steps to a Mars Hill Model.’ What we’re interested in is real people stepping forward to tell how their lives are being transformed and how they’re building healthy communities.
“Remember what Jesus always wanted to know?” he asked. “What’s the fruit we’re producing? Is justice being done? Are people sharing their possessions? Are the oppressed being set free? Are relationships being healed? To me, that’s the point. Everything else is just chatter.” …
“My theory of church growth is simple,” said Bell, leaning across the table to deliver the coup de grace. “People drive a long way to see a fire.”
(link via CT’s weblog)