My friend R is more conservative than me. My good buddy P is more Catholic than me (right, since I’m Protestant).
In lengthy discussions with both this past year, a critical issue has arisen—though from different angles: the place of tradition.
Each friend in his own way is telling me that church tradition keeps us from wandering outside the boundaries of the church historic—that is, outside the boundaries of orthodoxy.
I get that part (they may dispute that☺).
My reply is that one of the best things evangelicals bring to the table is flexibility in method. We can do things differently than we did yesterday in order to meet today’s ministry needs. We’re highly adaptable.
Example: I am a supporter of changing worship styles (music, order of service, electric/acoustic, graphics, architecture, lighting, décor, readings, liturgy, etc) to put worship into the “heart” language of various segments of a congregation: old, young, ethnic, etc.
Which way do you lean:
- Preserve tradition? Or:
- Make changes for local contexts? Or:
- A little of both?
p.s. My friend L lives in country music territory. He thinks his church should consider a country music styled service. OK, I happen to like that idea. . .