MULTIPLICATION & Why Culturally Diverse Worship Options Increases Evangelism

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 11/5/15.

A student made some good points when he stated, “I still don’t buy that it’s (the Multiple Generational Approach) the best approach, or always necessary to have multiple generations present in a church. In the end, the church comes down to relationships. We grow because of our relationships and our activity in them. We don’t have true/deep growth because we have the hip program that people want to come to. Because if that’s the case, we die if we ever stop it! That’s not the church, that’s business.”

He made many good points, but it was also evident he was not reading my books. If he had, he would know that I agree with him. But, I also needed to point out that his unfamiliarly with my writings has led to some false assumptions on his behalf.

Let me share my response.

Hello;

You are right when you stated, “I still don’t buy that it’s… always necessary to have multiple generations present in a church…. We don’t have true/deep growth because we have the hip program that people want to come to. Because if that’s the case, we die if we ever stop it! That’s not the church, that’s business. At SOME point in this model, we have to address knocking down individualized services based on preferences and move towards true connectivity/mutuality/UNITY in our community as a whole.”

Some churches don’t need multiple generations, especially in areas which are growing with one primary cultural generation. And, I list such examples in the book.

Also, I agree that if a church is performance driven it is not an organism, but a mechanization (see what I said about professionalism verses improvisation in “Inside the Organic Church”).

And, you are right that “At SOME point in this model, we have to address knocking down individualized services based on preferences and move towards true connectivity/mutuality/UNITY in our community as a whole.” This is the GOAL! 🙂

But, for a church to reach the unchurched, who are not yet ready for “true connectivity/mutuality/UNITY” we must offer entry level (i.e. evangelistic) conduits that are individualized based upon cultures. But, for people to mature in Christ, we must have processes to bring them into unity, connectiveness, and mutuality.

Thus, individuality in cultural aesthetics is for evangelism. And creating “one out of many” (see my writings on this in Preparing for Change Reaction) is the second part of a two part process. Both are needed, and a church fails without both.