Is ‘Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy the Service’ Killing the Church?

audience 1240 x 697It sounds so inviting and innocent.

But “sit back, relax and enjoy the service” may be one of the most dangerous sentences regularly uttered in church.

I expect promises of great customer service in a restaurant, an airplane or a store. But the idea that church is a place where we pay others to do ministry as we sit passively, consuming and passing judgment on the product being offered, may be the greatest single reason for the anemia of the modern, western church.

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2 thoughts on “Is ‘Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy the Service’ Killing the Church?”

  1. “We’re here to serve” is very true, and so is “You are here to serve.” That’s because we’re all here to serve. When that equation gets out of balance, we end up with a co-dependent relationship. Or no relationship at all…the kind of relationship that’s grateful if someone shows up at Sunday service once a quarter and resentful when said non-participant demands time, energy, and resources, only to disappear again until next time those things are useful. “You’re here to serve me! What kind of Christian are you?!” (Maybe I need to spend a little extra time in my prayer closet over that rant…) Very good, Pastor Karl.

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