On an average Sunday, more than 1,600 worshippers pack the pews for Thompson Station Church's two services.
Which can be a little intimidating to a newcomer, particularly a young person.
So the forward-thinking folks at this rapidly growing church put their heads together and came up with a plan.
What would draw people, both single and married, between the ages of 25 and 35 to a worship service?
How about a cafe that offered premium coffee and bottled water, along with a hip, intimate atmosphere?
Yep, that would do it, they thought.
So, The Venue was born.
I like how Anthony Paul Mator summarizes this church's idea over at the World blog in "age-segregated church":
Leaders at Thompson Station megachurch in Tennessee worried that their large sanctuary might intimidate young adults. Their solution: build a separate, cafe-style room with a high-definition video screen so gen-Xers can watch the service without having to sit in the presence of their elders. Does this tactic exemplify the Apostle Paul's desire to become all things to all people, or does it unnecessarily divide the church family? Are Boomers and Gen-Xers too different to worship together?
It's not too hard to know my thoughts here. We must end this "we're so different we must cater to our diversity" mindset. Where are we going to wind up with this kind of thinking?
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