We have reality TV that features ordinary people.
So, why not reality church, where everyday people show and tell why God has done?
When church is scripted, the freedom to flow in the Spirit is restricted to the agenda. When church is spontaneous, the Holy Spirit can break out in glorious demonstrations of His power and presence.
Here are some quotations about reality church:
“During open worship people may share something that they feel God has laid on their heart. It is a time where we all practice being ministers. Open worship creates a space where God can have a chance to move among us and teach us; invites participation from all present; trusts that God interacts with all people and that everyone has something to contribute to the people of God.” –C. Wess Daniels
“Congregations have been oriented toward audience mentality. What are we doing to deal with this problem? Much of what we do as leaders actually contributes to the congregation-audience problem. Confess this and begin transforming your culture one participatory invitation at a time. Passivity does not lead to an encounter with God, participation does.” –Ryan Flanigan
“The shift to participatory culture means people find their identity through what they create. Our churches are still structured in such a way that we do it to them, not inviting them to create worship with us. So, if that’s the case, there’s really no space for people who’ve been formed by our participatory culture in our churches.” –Ryan Bolger, Fuller Seminary
“Many of the Sunday orders of worship consist of the pastor speaking, the pastor praying, the pastor reading and the choir singing, with little opportunity for the congregation to do anything but sit and listen. When the Sunday service is simply a time to sit quietly, hear some good music and a good sermon, sing a hymn, and then go home to eat dinner, no wonder many of our people get confused into thinking that Christ only wants passive admirers rather than active followers.” –William Willimon
“Participatory worship is experiential worship—experiencing the presence of the risen Christ in the fellowship of community.” –Constance M. Cherry
“When Paul instructs about orderly worship in 1 Corinthians 14, it’s clear that New Testament worship was highly participatory.” –Andy Chamberlain (See 1 Corinthians 14:26).
Experience reality church for yourself at The Salvation Army Berry Street. Sundays at 10:45, 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207.