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Has The New Church Model Impacted The Traditional Black Church?

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I believe the biggest threat to the black church today is the role the church plays in our lives. While growing up, the black church was the center of our community and our lives. My street was a ghost town on Sundays. Everybody from saint to sinner was in church. It was one of those unspoken rules: Sunday, that’s where you went. The church was our after-school program. The church was our social services agency. The church was our extended family. We didn’t need a schedule of events in order to be there. Often times, we’d simply drop in if we were passing by. We worked together. We struggled together. We shared together.

I have always wonder has the new church model impacted the traditional black church? Meaning new model—with comfortable auditoriums (often with stadium seating), theatrical lights, refreshments in the lobby, rigidly-timed and well-rehearsed worship services—has this moved the church-going experience from an interactive one to a passive one? Has going to churc…