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Multi-Churching: The New Reality? Part 2 of 3

 

In part one of this blog series I identified the reality of many in the Christian community who are Multi-Churching.  Multi-Churching is the reality of people (sometimes whole families) being actively connected to more than one church.  One of the examples in part one was of a family of five who are connected to four different congregations.  What are the positive and negative implications for the individuals and families who are Multi-Churching?John Holm

 

Positive Implications may include:

1.     Finding ministry programming that really fits the individual needs of the each person.

2.    Widening the circle of Christian friendships and opportunities for service.

3.    Not being limited by any one church’s ability to offer what an individual needs.

4.    Being exposed to many church traditions and doctrines.

5.    Any others?

 

Negative Implications may include:

1.     Becoming and remaining only a consumer of church and not a true partner in ministry.

2.    Becoming confused due to conflicting church teaching and doctrine.

3.    Not solidifying a significant relationship with a Christian community.

4.    Any others?

 

I would love to hear your thoughts.  Part 3 of 3 will explore the implications for the local church.

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3 Responses to “Multi-Churching: The New Reality? Part 2 of 3”

  1. As a family we are right there. We have just recently begun the church shopping endeavor again. Our youngest goes to preschool at our old church (which we never became “official” members of, we are seeking a new church, and my wife attends bible study at yet another church. Convenience is another…some churches seem to be reducing the number of services and ministries and others are expanding…which is probably a direct result from having lesser (or more depending on the case) congregants and resources. I think a church body needs to be constantly challenging a congregation to stay involved in service, otherwise one can easily slip into sunday worship only…

    • Thanks for sharing your reality Brian. And thanks for the warning about simply slipping into being a Sunday worshipper only.

  2. very thought provoking article! overall just in the way that no one relationship can/should meet all of our needs and should not be disgarded when it doesn’t, perhaps we can view that no one church could possibly be expected to meet everyones needs or all the needs of one individual person…acknowledging this and encouraging multi church involvement reflects that fact and encourages openness to other views, dispelling the notion that one church has the ultimate answer and is the only true religion, that we are all God’s children and the unifying element is God, not the particular doctrine of one chosen church…i think some of this trend is cultural, people becoming more informed seeking more, feeling entitled to do that (no just accepting being a lifelong member of one church and becoming myopic)..i think this is a good /healthy posture…perhaps over time it may break down barriers among religions taking ecumenical offerings one step further instead of just the notion of offering a ecumenical service once or twice a year promoting involvement in any activity that brings us closer to God and enhances our faithwalks…my college daughter goes to two youth groups on campus and then goes to a very conservative but contemporary service on sundays at a evangelical church in the community as she was not connecting with the worship service on campus! i applaud this diversity and openness!


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