by lefever on November 12, 2010
By Jeff LeFever
What would it look like?
In my travels I have been observing the spaces in which people come to worship God. I have noticed that there are two basic types in which these spaces can be identified:
Consecrated / Integrative
Both are good and fine, and work for their measure.
A Consecrated space is set aside – differentiated from the world – made up in symbol and meaning to reflect the Holy – so when one is inside, they have left the noise and persuasion of the “world” to a place of rest, reflection, consideration and reverence, and prayer. One knows they are in a place set aside for this because its very existence promotes and offers this as a reminder and a service for healing and restoration. The art and beauty communicate the theology as well as the spirit of Faith.
A place like this should always be open to all, as is God’s offering of salvation.
Integration is an action rather than a place – so the place is inconsequential. It (integrative church is more a type) is the meeting of the church and …