At NFC, we’ve held to the “every service the same” mantra for over 15 years, because we say we don’t want to split into little homogenous groups. We’ve said we want diversity (by which we primarily are speaking about generational diversity…our racial and socioeconomic diversity isn’t all that huge), because we’ve said we want to reflect the whole body of Christ. We haven’t wanted to segment ourselves stylistically, because we assume that will mean we will segment generationally.
Are we fooling ourselves?
For those of you a part of NFC, I have these questions: Do you like and want generational diversity? And what do you mean by that? Do you mean, “I want my kids to know and be known by people my grandparents’ age,” or do you mean, “I want to sit in a room with different generations and occasionally hear words of wisdom from them,” or something else? Is our “every service the same” philosophy really building deep relationships across the generations, or are we patting ourselves on the back for something that really isn’t all that deep and real?
I have some wonderful relationships with people in each of the generations in our body: Millenials, X’ers/13’ers, Boomers, Silent, G.I., and maybe even 1 or 2 from the Lost generation. Those relationships have been built outside of worship. What would we really lose if we changed the purpose of a service or started another?