Widow: Church Doesn’t Need Any More Coffee Bars

This article linked below by Kimberli Lira needs very little introduction. When you face your darkest hour, it doesn’t matter how cool the real estate is in the church, how hip and how culturally relevant it seeks to be.  As this young mother writes so well,  you need Jesus.  The foolish American evangelical church misses the point of why they exist.

“Church leaders remember that you are not just trying to attract the hip and the cool to your church. You are reaching widows. You are reaching children who don’t have a parent. You are reaching someone battling with a disease. You are reaching a person going through a divorce. You are reaching a businessman who thinks they have all that they need. You are reaching the hurting. And the only thing they need is Jesus.”  Full article here.

6 thoughts on “Widow: Church Doesn’t Need Any More Coffee Bars

  1. Ron Whited says:

    I read this last week Ingrid and was stunned at the honesty of it all. What that dear sister said in one post is what I’ve been trying to say for two years! It’s all about Jesus and unless He is our priority nothing else matters.

  2. Rose says:

    I hope that article goes viral and reaches pastors all over this country. It is time get rid of the seeker-friendly model of how to do church. It is a sham! All it has done is water-down Christianity, produce a lot of false converts, and left the true brethren high and dry to fend for themselves. Thanks so much for posting this. My heart aches for this mom and her children and I will remember to pray for them. I just shared it on Facebook.

  3. Carolyn says:

    The original post – couldn’t have been better said. Isn’t that like our Lord, to use a “lowly” widow to bring rebuke to the “leadership” of our American evangelical churches?

    Comment by Rose:

    “It is time get rid of the seeker-friendly model of how to do church. It is a sham! All it has done is water-down Christianity, produce a lot of false converts, and left the true brethren high and dry to fend for themselves.”

    Exactly. Obviously, my husband and I aren’t the only ones to feel this way. We’ve been speaking against this unbiblical paradigm for years, only to be routinely castigated by church leaders.

    But I do want to add this to Rose’s comment – the true brethren left high and dry to fend for themselves will find themselves in good company, and well looked after by our Lord.

  4. healinginhim says:

    I echo the previous comments. This woman so bravely articulated what many know to be the truth. So, where is the ‘true Church of Jesus Christ’? WHERE are the brethren reaching out and loving those who are weeping and bleeding?
    I have walked out of several churches crying, feeling like no one cares; they just want me to join them for coffee after the service. There is no talk of the Lord at this coffee time; no I was actually chastised for hurting … Yeah, thanks for the coffee!

    I ache for this widow and her children. I live far away. “Lord, hear my prayers for her and the young ones and for the many more like her.”

  5. Donna Dennis says:

    I really appreciate this essays. My church had a “coffee bar ” and I really don’t care for it. I much preferred it when we had free coffee in percolators and donuts for people to table.

    People just show up for coffee, sit in the coffee lounge listening to the service over big screens while on surfing their electronics.

    We’ve lost something.

  6. Ingrid says:

    That pretty much says it all, Donna Dennis. The seeker church mentality says, oh, well, they’re here! At church! At least they have it on speakers while they’re sipping their coffee (while surfing social media.) Why come? You can get good coffee at a regular coffee shop and listen to a sermon online anytime – “on demand ” on a church website or Oneplace.com. They’re not LISTENING anyway, sitting there on their iPad, etc. What a mess they have made of what we loosely call “worship.”

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