For my Foundations of Campus Ministry class, we’re reading Alan Hirsch’s The Forgotten Ways. It exegetes the attractional church culture pretty well, revealing some things about it that I hadn’t really thought of. Hirsch spends a good part of a chapter discussing consumerism’s effects on how we do church, particularly as the typical middle-class community.He goes as far to say that consumerism has become the driving ideology of the contemporary church growth model (110).
As you reflect on your church community, do you see aspects of this?
If so, what are they and do you think it’s helpful to the mission of the church?
If not, what are some counter-cultural practices that you have adopted as a church to guard yourselves against this?