Today I got to hear and have lunch with a man who was in a singing group I used to listen to as a teenager and young adult. Jim Murray of the Imperials sang at our church. He and his wife are nice people and he has a great voice. Honestly, the only part of the Imperials I ever liked was Russ Taff and Paul Smith who replaced Russ. They rocked. Jim is more of a southern gospel singer. He was with the Gaither vocal band. I don't care for that type of music. Tonight our youth and young adults were conspicuously absent. Why? I don't think it was relevant to them. I can't say I blame them. I sat there wondering who was this ministering to? I can't imagine a lost person coming to hear him because they don't have a clue who he is. He also has a "Bailey Smith" testimony. I won't even go there! He is a very nice man and I'm sure he ministers to a certain group of people. But I don't think the Gaithers or any of that Homecoming type of setting is relevant to youth and young adults. It was Christian entertainment and not a type that I enjoy. I feel the same way about Truth and the other boy or girl band knock-offs. I would rather hear a praise band @ church where I can be a part of the worship-not being in a performance. Things that were relevant 20 years ago are not anymore. Things that were relevant last year are old. We live in a rapidly changing society. We as Christian leaders have to be sensitive to this cultural change and look for ways to be relevant. I'm not saying we should be trendy. Each community is different than others. But the days of opening up the church doors and lost people walking thru the doors is over. My prayer is that my ministry will always be relevant.
posted by Kevin Bussey at 10/30/2005 10:50:00 PM