Written for CU Worship Arts Conference Blog – www.cuworshiparts.com
As we enter into the post-Christian, post-modern era, worship is not only changing in its liturgical forms and stylistic preferences; it is also changing its location. Moving from the cathedral to the store front, from the multi-acre campus to the living room, from the expansive to the intimate.
We must recognize that one inevitable change to face of worship in the 21stcentury is location, location, location. Real estate matters to the next-generation of worshiper. Post-modern Millennials are often offended, and slightly repulsed, by big buildings, white columns and stained glassed windows. They see the traditional church facility as a debt-burdening albatross on the movement and mission of God. They prefer smaller, more mobile and user-friendly church facilities that can be used both for corporate worship and for community ministry.
Millennials prefer the building to be used daily for the glory of God; not just on Sunday and Wednesday. They would rather worship in a location that serves the community Monday through Saturday than one that is vacant six days a week. Let it be used for a Christian school, community center, business park or a homeless shelter, no matter the purpose, just use the facility every single day for the kingdom of God.
Gone are the days of the perfectly manicured wood, immaculate tile floors and hand-made furniture in the “parlor,” enter the days of utility, mobility, and efficiency in regard to the place followers of Christ gather to worship. The PLACE of worship is changing.