Hot. Crowded. Loud. Uncomfortable. Reeking of sweaty kids, cheaply made pizza, popcorn (which was probably just the smell of feet), and sweaty kids. These all comprise the wonder that is Chuck E. Cheese’s on a Saturday evening. Another thing I noticed–particularly as my beautiful almost-two-year-old girl led me frantically from one kiddie ride to another–is that every person under the age of 18 there is having fun.
Should the church be like that? It may not be pretty, but people are having fun and you know they’ll come back for more when they can.
Short answer: no. Longer answer: Maybe. It depends on what the church is for, what our cultural context is, and what else we offer besides Chuck E. Cheesiness.
This is the first of what will most likely be dozens of posts about the journey of a modest church in Southern California to become a church that is irresistible to even non-Christians. At this point I know one thing for sure: we have a lot to learn.