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Sam Shultz

Is "seeker-sensitive" a lost cause? I remember how it all started: provide a seeker focused worship service and then slowly transition people to a "meatier" worship service once they've "entered" the church. What several churches found is that the back door is too large and over a period of time, the seekers, who are also church consumers, left, looking for another "church option". These churches soon observed their dilemma and modified their earlier versions of "seeker-sensitive" and changed their church outlook to doing more of something along the lines of just "postmodernizing" their services--replacing the entry-focused elements with something with more of a lasting, sustaining feel.

So is the "seeker-sensitive" form of church obsolete now? Is it more effective just to do church with a more modern, relevant feel, rather than doing church with a seeker awareness or being "visitor friendly"?

I'm a Sr. Pastor working dilligently to transform and transition a church of 125 that has been around for over 100 years in a small midwestern town. Things are going well and I need some more advice.


Sam, I think seeker-sensitive is something out of the early 90's. Making a more relevant, modern feel is a great thing, as long as it's genuine and not just to get people through the doors. Recently I've noticed something: I've had friends visit seeker sensitive services, and question what the point of it was-- then when they visit true and honest heart-felt worship or teaching services, they get the picture of what Christianity is. If you water it down so much, people already knowledgeable about spiritual stuff will be unenthused. I think the key is being willing for God to move in power.

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