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10 Annoying Church Trends that Need to Stop

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I love the church, but sometimes without a swift kick in the pants, we Christians can start some annoying modern church trends that just need to be stopped…or at least tempered.


1. These Types of Sermons

  1. Boring Sermons
  2. Sermons that Rabbit Trail
  3. The Five Point Sermon…where point #1 takes an hour.
  4. Sermons that talk nothing of Christ

2. Contrived Emotion

Are you jumping up and down because you are full of the Spirit or pretending to be?

3. Cliques

It’s not high school people. Let the new girl in.

4. Money Spent on Frivolous Things

I’m all for new decorations if it’s been a while…but I’d rather see my money doing something else if your just redecorating every two years to keep up with trends.

5. Denominational Separatism

We are ONE body…stop touting that “such-and-such denomination” is better from the pulpit. We are ALL sinners, don’t deceive your congregation that somehow being of a certain sect is best.

6. Low Lighting

Dude, I’m falling asleep over here. There is a REASON school put in florescent lightning…it keeps us awake because what we are learning is important!

7. The One Man Show

Out of all the people sitting in the pews, is only ONE guy capable of giving a message to the congregation?

I’ll also put in this category “the exalted few”…you know the people that seem to get all the good jobs at church. Let some of us “lesser” folks join in and actually do something important for Jesus.

8. The Building Fund

Another church building…really? There are about 5 churches down a 1-mile stretch on any given street. Can’t you just use one of those half-empty ones?

9. Lack of Evangelism

Apparently, the American church is only good for warming pews.

10. Entertainment-driven Youth Ministry

You know what is great birth control…volunteering in the nursery. That’s what.

How To Recover the Church

The church needs to get back to the basics. Preach the gospel and stop trying to impress the world.

We won’t get over these man-made traditions in one fell-swoop but we can begin reconsidering how the church operates and compare it to the New Testament church.

Jesus preached on the hillsides, why aren’t we doing the same? This might solve our evangelism problem as well. Separating ourselves in a building every Sunday might be putting more than a physical barrier to a lost and dying world.

Children were among the crowds, why do we always need to keep them entertained?

If you need a building fund (though I might roll my eyes) because your church is growing, that’s fine…but consider going to more than one or two services. Yes, the pastor needs a break, but considering that most are getting a salary (not to mention a call from the Lord) to preach on Sundays, I’m sure we can ask him to spend a little less than half a day in the limelight ministering the word of God to the masses. And even more, might we consider adding another man to the pulpit to share the load?

Is this post a little negative?

Yes. Sure it is!

But let me ask this, is our Christianity so weak that it can’t stand a little criticism in order to serve the Lord better?

I’m okay with a little tough love for the sake of growing.

And honestly, namby-pamby Christianity and lets-not-piss-off-the-people is probably a HUGE part of the church’s problem.

What do you think? Leave your opinions in the comments.



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  1. Barbara Bailey

    Wow!!! You hit the nail on the head!! I was actually told to keep my comments to myself because I have said the same thing about area churches! I have been accused of being a trouble maker for sharing some of the same topics. Thank you! GOD BLESS YOU!