Pastor J.D. Greear had a powerful message for members of his North Carolina-based Summit Church last week: Stop treating church “like it's a religious show” and a “big production” by walking in late or leaving early or streaming it online when you don’t have to.
“Honestly, it's one of the things that irritates me about you guys that cruise in 10 minutes late or leave 5 minutes before we dismiss! It's not that I'm mad that you're missing part of the service. It's that you treat church like it's a religious show instead of a welcoming family that you're a part of.
When people say that the church is unfriendly, and it feels like a big production, you're the problem! And don't even get me started on you guys that are still sitting at home in your pajamas streaming online when, health-wise, you can and should be back in church, okay?”
Yep, that’s a powerful message. At least, it would be if Greear had not been surrounded by jumbotrons, a band, and 22 people in his Production Department - if his church wasn’t literally designed to deliver a massive production. What a maroon!