This article set me thinking…
What do we gain and lose if the idea were to be taken up?
We probably don’t gain high quality worship in a different style. It isn’t as though we are short of churches worshipping with bands across the country, there are “shadow” Cathedrals already providing the kind of service that is described in the article. St Aldates in Oxford, St Michael le Belfry in York, St Saviours in Guildford, Holy Trinity Brompton in London, Gas Street in Birmingham – and that’s just off the top of my head!
We would almost certainly lose the high quality traditional worship that Cathedrals specialise in – I am less aware of churches other than Cathedrals providing that kind of worship. We may also, though it shouldn’t be the case, lose worshippers from the among the Cathedral congregations.
The article is written on the basis that as some Cathedrals are short of money, churches which are successful would be able to raise this money – but why? Cathedrals require huge sums of money for the upkeep of their buildings – why would a church plant wish to take this on, when if you read the Facebook comments where I found the article they don’t value what Cathedrals do?
The question then becomes do we value what Cathedrals offer? But perhaps that is the wrong question! Once the church gets in cost/benefit calculations surely we are lost? We are a church of death and resurrection. Cathedrals have been doing what they do for 100s of years, modern worship styles, by definition, have been around a few decades. Which will still be with us in 100s of years time? I don’t know, but perhaps Gamaliel does!
So in the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them—in that case you may even be found fighting against God!’