In the July/August 2007 issue of Ministry Today, Jack Hayford had a great column about contemporary communication and its effect on the church today. Having known “Pastor Jack” for the last few years, this subject is something dear to his heart but frustratingly difficult for him to communicate given his obvious seniority among church leadership. I am grateful that he does opine on this subject every once in a while even though he runs the risk of looking irrelevant.
“We’re within frightening reach of being able to grow bigger churches while failing to grow bigger people,” Hayford says in his column. He warns of the growing number of “enhancements” available to churches today and says that in and of themselves these are not evil, “but it’s no substitute for leading believers to take up the disciple’s cross and be shaped as his true followers.”
“In our version of the bride ‘trimming to be pretty,’ are we ending with lightweight believers?” Hayford goes on to outline four examples of common service components (music, drama, style and charisma) and instead of damning them, he asks “what do they weight?”
Full disclosure: For those that don’t know, I am the director of communications for Foursquare.