Do it with Style

Rick Mattson Uncategorized 5 Comments

I’m trying to confuse you. Last week’s post was a “never happens” dialog between Modern and Postmodern, that happens (implicitly) all the time.

Hopefully, you were not happy with either side.

Moderns tend to be overly impressed with their own knowledge and institutions. Let’s not get stuck there.

Postmoderns sometimes fall into cynicism and relativism. That’s no good either.

My suggestion? If your church wants to grow by reaching people 35 and under, you have to go postmodern STYLISTICALLY. Skip the cynicism and relativism but work toward these changes:

  • Focus on community, personal experience, interactive learning, stories and modeling transparent spirituality.
  • Preach more in the gospels, Acts, Psalms and OT narratives.

SO, if you’re 45 and up, join me in trying to show some stylistic flexibility.

If you’re 35 and under, you already get it. Postmodern style comes naturally to you.

If you’re 35-45, you’ll be in power, soon, in your church (if you aren’t already). Stylistically, which way will you go?

Comments 5


    Emma and I found this church through friends of ours a few years ago. We have since become regulars and I couldn't help but think of it when you mention the phrase 'stylistic flexibility'. This church has got it, and has grown amazingly because of it.

    Thanks for Writing…Keep 'em Coming!

  2. I like these suggestions, Rick. They would make a church or person very human and approachable, which is good for everybody, not just the postmoderns.

  3. Kevin: Good for you guys. I'm sure there are other reasons your church has grown as well. But yes, stylistic flexibility (while maintaining Biblical convictions) is great–but harder than it sounds, in my view.

    Susan: Thanks. I appreciate the fact that my own church has grown in its “approachability,” its “humanness,” as you suggest. We are trying hard to be hospitable to visitors.

  4. Hey Peter, Unfortunately the 80/20 rule often applies: 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people. My belief about what draws the majority into participation is a compelling vision for where the church is headed. Do we have people who cast that vision in our churches?

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