This video is a confession of sorts – not prescriptive but thought provoking and honest.
It’s by an Episcopal priest who did something that flies against the advice of almost every ministry book or seminary class, she cancelled all the adult programs at her church, St. Mary’s.
After years of pinning her hopes on the next program, attempting to convince people to attend, and then being disappointed with the turn out, she realized “nobody is coming to these things.”
She calls it “a roller-coaster of seduction and discouragement.”
Here is her story.
I’m not sharing this to suggest we all ought to follow suit and cancel our programs as well, there are no doubt some that are making a difference and are worth the time and effort, but I do think it speaks to an important shift in our ecclesial context.
The idea that church should be centered on programs of one sort or another is a relatively recent development, and perhaps the age of programs will soon be ushered out as fast as it arrived.
To be honest, sometimes I think that would be for the best.
HT: Jesus Creed