These are questions I sometimes ask myself when sitting in almost all churches, whether brand new or 100-years-old: What would happen if a church service fell below 60-minutes? Would it be written about in the local media? Could we still worship and learn in a service that was, say, 47-minutes long? Who made the rule that church has to be one hour or longer?
Good teachers know that 20-minutes is the longest a lecture should ever last. That’s about all our attention span can handle. Why, then, do pastors go on and on for 30-40 minutes after the main points have been made? Anyone should be able to make a cogent point in 20-minutes. Less is more.
Can we just stop the handshaking thing? I think we all know it’s really just filler. People don’t actually become friends that way. Also, tithing doesn’t need to take up any time either. One church I attended had boxes located all over where you could simply insert money. That made sense to me.
This one is for the church attendees: Can we, the parishioners, grow up and handle a political idea we disagree with like grown-ups? You don’t have to leave a church the moment you find out your pastor’s view on healthcare differs from yours. If you have a problem with what he said politically or theologically, send an email or talk to him about it! If he can’t handle the confrontation, then you should leave. If he can talk to you with reason and respect, STAY. You have a community worth cultivating.