The big sign outside the church building reads, “30 Minute Worship – Guaranteed.” It’s a new concept of church for busy people. They advertise, “It’s all about the quality, not about the quantity.” They offer worship for 10 minutes, the word for 12-15 minutes and response for 5 minutes for those that don’t have much time.
Have we become so busy that we now need a worship service that lasts the same length of a tv sitcom? Are we so time starved that we now can only do a Sweet Half-Hour of Prayer? What’s next, drive thru church where you don’t even have to leave your car?
I’m actually not sure what I think about this. Here are a few questions still swirling around in my head that I’d love your opinion on:
- My concern really isn’t with the church’s offer of a 30 minute service. In fact, I love the fact that a church is trying something new to reach out to people who don’t think they have time for God. But I think it says something about our society when we can’t give God more than 30 minutes?
- I know there is no time limit on how long a worship service should last and even a little is better than none. But what does it say about our priorities when we can give 2 hours to our children’s soccer or a movie, but can’t squeeze more than 30 minutes out of our week for God on Sunday?
- One thing I do know is that it’s a good thing my old friend, Harley Fewell isn’t going to this 30 minute church. He would have messed the whole time-schedule up, because when he was asked to lead the prayer on Sunday mornings you could count on at least a 10 minute prayer. How do I know? As a kid I timed him on my watch!
I’d love your opinion. What do you think about a “30 Minute Worship” service, guaranteed?