Churchy

I love the church, both local and universal. But I do not like “churchy.”

What is “churchy”? For years I had trouble defining this. I just knew it when I saw it, heard it, or felt it. But I think the best explanation of churchy is “when form takes precedence over function.” In other words, style is more important than substance — whether that refers to the type of music, the decor, the way people dress, or a church’s programs and ministries. Churchy people sometimes make the mistake of equating churchiness with spirituality, of personal preference with God’s desires, or of tradition with transformation. The differences can certainly be subtle.

Is your church churchy?

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