That’s not a new question. Several months ago, everyone laughed at a video that asked “What if church was run like Starbucks?” A couple of years ago, I blogged about my irritation with churches calling their sanctuaries “worship centers” which I think makes churches sound more like WalMarts than places of worship.
But what if it’s deeper than that? What if churches really are run like Starbucks? It’s not just “Worship Center” that has infected our thinking of church. What if we aren’t worshippers, but just cogs in this massive, churning, capitalistic machine that we call “church?”
Today, I’ve got three words, seemingly harmless, that have become so trendy that they have changed what we think church is. If we want to believe that the church is more noble than a mere money making scheme, then we need to banish these words from our vocabularies.