Saturday, January 3, 2009

#7 Non-Denominational Churches

The most popular white churches are no longer Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian or even Christian Reformed. White Christians now prefer non-denominational churches that just "teach the Bible." At non-denominational churches charismatic preachers are free from the oppressive traditions of established denominations, such as doctrine developed over the centuries by Biblical scholars.

In addition, "non-denom" or "community" churches are more fun: the theology you are getting from the pulpit could be in the Reformed or Arminian tradition, or maybe something newer and more exciting that your young, dynamic pastor just thought up. Why build the foundation of your church on the likes of Calvin or Arminius when you could base it on the oscillating theology of your hip pastor?

Non-denominational churches are so popular that many churches that actually belong to a denomination will drop the denomination from their name. For example, Springfield Christian Reformed Church becomes Springfield Church (with "a Christian Reformed Ministry" in tiny letters underneath). Or maybe, Riverside Church if it happens to be next to a river. This is a great tactic for tricking white Christians into thinking that they are visiting a non-denominational church.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The best upside of a non-denom is that you have no Denomination hierarchy telling you what to do, so if you're a pastor of a non-denom and you can successfully create a little Cult of Personality action for yourself (see Casey Treat), you can pocket as much of the tithes as you want, get as much nookie as you can get away with, and in general have one heck of a good time!

For flock-fleecers, nothing beats being in the non-denom way! Party on, dudes!!

Anonymous said...

I guess the downside is... any weirdo can "plant" a church.

Anonymous said...

From what I've seen, they typically become breeding grounds for anti-growth, suit-wearing hypocrites. Jesus didn't say you had to wear a suit or pretend you're crying during prayer to boost emotion...I love that last one. At the non-denominational church, a person can (hold your breath) actually practice justification before sanctification...

RU4Real? said...

For so long the unchurched has been excluded from feeling acceptance in our segregated denominations.. The non denominational church is a new gateway (there's you a church name. Lol) into Christianity for those who are foreign to Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night like we grew up.. Non denominational churches tend to have very seasoned teachers of the word who lead the small groups for deeper spiritual growth. The "Comminicator" or pastor is the personality and referee of the Weekend Experience that is supposed to be dynamic and appealing to secular society..