Thursday, May 4, 2017

Will the Attractional Church Model Ever Die?

There are two fascinating articles by Jared Wilson for church leaders upon over at TGC which takes a look at the "attractional church model" (think Willow Creek) and a host of issues surrounding it. Believe it or not, it has been 10 years since Willow Creek's REVEAL results were put out. The realization that attractional, seeker-sensitive church models can be terrible at making Christian disciples has barely registered functionally in the Evangelical landscape. 

Since then, we've seen the emerging church come and go, etc. Wilson asks if the attractional model has reached a tipping point. But interestingly, he make both a positive and negative case why it will and will not not die. And I think both cases are fascinating. Be sure to read the second post in the series where he articulates reasons why shallow-discipling churches will continue to exist ("undisciplined chickens don't care where they roost" and "vague spirituality never goes out of style"). There's some good stuff here. Tolle Lege.