Recently I’ve started reading Francis Chan’s book “Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit” talking about how churches are devoid of power from the Holy Spirit, and instead tout talented and knowledgeable preaching and inspirational worship.
Then I read this quote from an article with the byline “Why is church so dull? A psychotherapist diagnoses the Sunday ritual” which is poignant:
“Churches often grow for the wrong reason. If you don’t find church boring, it’s probably because of a talented preacher. He’s smart, but moreover, entertaining. Big, active churches are cults of personality, not communities.”
The fact of the matter is, I know many people whose main reason to attend one church or another is because of the “personalities” they seek to follow after. However, I’m not even sure “community” is the right focus, as the article suggested. We need to really seek God Himself only.