Scott Hodge


deck vs. church

Apr 5, 2005

This is worth a quick read.  Jordon Cooper skipped church last Sunday and wrote about it.  He compared his back deck with church.  There might be something to learn here…  Check it out.

My back deck…

  • Calgary Flames red paint
  • Assorted beverages available (Gourmet coffee, iced tea, Coke, Pepsi, hot chocolate, herbal teas.)
  • Dog can sit beside me and sleep.
  • Can wear jeans and shorts.
  • Comfortable adirondack chairs.
  • Wifi for deck blogging (like I am now)
  • Chatting with neighbors and friends.
  • Sounds of nature
  • Engage with God by yourself
  • Walking distance of a Slurpee

Many churches…

  • Eggshell white paint
  • No beverages available (although in Spriritwood we serve free Coke, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Diet Pepsi Twist, Grape, Orange sodas)
  • Expected to wear formal clothes
  • Fairly uncomfortable chairs
  • No blogging
  • Chatting with neighbors and friends
  • Dogs discouraged.
  • Predictable
  • Engage with God as a community
  • 10% off at Bonanza if you have a church bulletin.


5 Responses to “deck vs. church”

  1. That deck is looking pretty sweet.

  2. David says:

    I think pastors and churchs are afraid of new things, especially Wifi. If they have internet access, the people might not hear the message they have prepared. ;-)
    I have often had the theory that many churches are afraid of technology (or anything new). They were some of the last ones to jump on to the tv scene. They are some of the last ones to get websites. The televisons shows and websites they do have are often cheesey and/or poorly made. Churches need to embrace change faster as long as it doesn’t go against the Biblical principles.

  3. Betsy says:

    I really enjoyed his discussion of service times. I never, ever want to go back to a 5-service week again… however, why don’t we have a Sunday night service for those who do work Sunday mornings? Especially for our church, which is mostly non-traditional Christians, unchurched people and new Christians. I’m sure we’d all enjoy sleeping in on Sundays! Or better yet, getting up early on Sundays, heading to the park and meeting all those people who don’t go to church!

  4. Dave says:

    Being I grew up in a church enviroment, I can remember going to church every time the doors were open. Sunday morning, night, wed night, christmas eve, new years eve, sunrise easter…….. well you get my drift. The funny thing is that i didn’t really mind it. The church was my family and they were my friends as well. We definatly had good times. Remember the big Blue bus? I could write a 3 paqge blog about the adventures of the big blue bus.

  5. Jamey J. says:

    Where’s the BEEF! DUDE! – what about the GRILL!

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