We're "Hungry" Not "Seeker" Friendly

The "seeker friendly" movement swept through American churches like wildfire. The drive to retool Christianity for a generation rising in a post-modern age caused many congregations to reimagine the way a Sunday service looked, felt, and was received by people who otherwise had no interest in darkening a church's door. In many respects, this can be a good thing with one all important caveat. If the focus is more on living a "purpose driven" life than a life transformed by the power of the Gospel, if the messages become Christianized feel good motivational tools rather than the principles of how to rightly divide the Word, there's a problem.

Unfortunately, the term seeker has nearly become synonymous with the term spectator. People come to church to be entertained, to attend a great worship concert and feel uplifted by a positive, "family friendly" message. Seekers like the slick packaging, the professional gloss, and a level of ministry that buffs the rough spots off the surface but never really deals with the problems under the hood. In order to give the people what they want, fine dining with polite manners and social graces is combined with fast food convenience so that people can get church in, out, over, and back to their lives with as little interruption as possible.

That's no atmosphere for discipleship.

Discipleship requires hunger. Hungry people are different from seeking people. Seeking people may be looking for answers, but they want those answers on their terms and if they don't like what's on the menu, there's another church down the road with better programs, a better worship leader, or a pastor who always wraps up in thirty minutes or less. Hungry people are so desperate for transformation in their lives that they will rummage through garbage to find a few scraps of the bread of life if they have to. They'll find revelation and consume it so fast they don't care how messy they get in the process. It's the nutrients their after.

Does this mean they wind up eating some bad teaching once in a while? Maybe.

But these are the hobos and vagrants of the spiritual community. They don't fit in under the bright lights of the seeker friendly platform because they can't subsist on three fast songs, three slow songs, and how-to-live-your-best-life messages. They need the Word, whole and unadulterated, because anything less wreaks havoc on their spiritual digestion. While seekers look for what pleases them, fits their schedule, meets their perceived needs, the hungry are ready and willing to scarf down whatever God is putting on the table.

The hungry are the people God calls out to after the ones seeking life on their terms reject the banquet He's set before them. The homeless who find shelter in the Father's house, no longer eating table scraps, but seating at the Master's table – enjoying the finest steak, but eating their peas when the Master says they have to – eating it heartily, with each bite's juices dripping down their chins. Digging in with dirty finger nails and bloodied knuckles because they've been in the trenches of genuine spiritual warfare for far too long without being taught how to enter the Lord's rest.

At Rainmakers, we're not a church that's going to make part-timers comfortable. In fact, we consider it our full time job to push people outside of their comfort zones and into the destinies that God has for them. We don't believe church is a spectator sport, and we guarantee that if you hang out here very long you'll either transform by the power of the Word or leave because you're resigned to be conformed to the ways of this world. You'll be thinking about what you've learned all Sunday afternoon, and you'll be walking it out the rest of the week because you'll feel weird if you're the only one who's not.

We're not the place where you can just show up to check off "go to church" from you're spiritual to do list. We're the place where the meals are one hundred percent whole grain bread of life, no additives, preservatives, or artificial sweeteners added. But the result of that is a body of believers that know how to move in a power and aren't afraid to step out and do the things Jesus says a disciple will do. If you're here, you're one of us. That means you'll feel pressure to be in the Word, and live out what you're learning. You're not going to slip through the cracks. You'll probably see imperfect people do things that aren't pretty as they continue to transform. We're not promising glitz and polish. We're promising real.

Soups on! If you're hungry, come get some.