Every time our church does something like covering a Pink Floyd song as part of a Sunday morning service, I say to myself (sometimes out loud!), “Man I love this church!”
“Why?” you say. Our church is unique in lots of ways, but the one thing we are clear about is our commitment to “Helping People Become Fully Devoted Followers Of Jesus.” Especially people who are “far from God.” We’re committed to building “a church that unchurched people love to attend.” I’ve just stated the Mission and Vision of our church.
It’s fun and as well as very interesting to watch the people in the seats react when we do a song like Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. Some smile, some look around as if they’re wondering, “Does anyone else know this is a Pink Floyd song?” or “Is this song OK to play in church?”
As a church, we have nine “Core Values.” The one that is acted out when we cover a song like Wish You Were Here is “To be effective the church must remain culturally relevant.” We want to create a service that in addition to inspiring “believers” thrills and interests “non-believers.” We want it to be very likely that when a person is in the car on their way to church in the morning, one of the songs they might have heard on their radio, they will hear being performed on the stage when they walk into church.
Who listens to Pink Floyd early on a Sunday morning? Well … I have to admit I DO!
Love this church!