Today’s church trends have made an influential movement in the contemporary church by in large. However, there are other trends that may be categorized as growing epidemics, and may serve to have severe setbacks to the contemporary church if not properly and effectively executed. Colossians 3:1-4 states, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
This verse brings clarity to the worshiper, and by worshiper I mean true believer or Christian. “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” gives a clarion call to all worshipers...look to God for fresh revelation, creative ideas for the church, and clear modifications and accommodations. So what point am I trying to make? It’s simple, don’t copy and paste your worship services or gatherings.
Copy and pasting is fun and simple, by shortcut creativity standards, by most churches both contemporary and traditional. The problem and/or epidemic that lies ahead of that creative process is this: if we as a church fail to hear from God for our revelation and creativity and rely solely upon the revelation that is out there, other church’s ideas, then we run the risk of copy and pasting our church services/gatherings into a pre-made package that may not even be close to what the original church vision is.
The effective way to utilize resources it to fit them into the vision, mission, and core values of your current church. Instead of doing church like “such-and-such church” and “so-and-so ministry” why not do church like GOD desires for it to be done. Just because a church trend is the latest thing in the contemporary service, does not mean that it will fit into your church nor does it need to fit. You should utilize church trends as inspiration for creative ideas, but never as a substitute for lackadaisical thinking and action due to poor creative leadership.
God has given the gifts to your church for a reason, so utilize them where they fit, and if you don’t know who they are or where they fit, then get to know your church members. You may be surprised at what you’ll find if you’ll search out who God has already provided for your ministry. I once attended a conference where a particular speaker had passed out documentation for each attendee to following along with during the session, but he mentioned something while the documents were being distributed. He said, “Feel free to edit and modify these documents according to your church.” I appreciated that, because it showed me that the speaker understood that as a church we are ONE body but MANY parts. When you look at it from that perspective, it makes perfect sense why copy and pasting churches should not exist, but rather be who God has called you to be and fulfill that calling to the fullest. Occupy the region where you are for Kingdom purposes, not for popularity or recognition. Be the change that God wants you to be. Be the Church God wants you to be.