A few decades ago, Willow Creek Community Church was in trouble with the critics for shifting the believers worship time from Sunday to Wednesday. Now they are generating an even greater amount of conversation with their decision to close for Christmas day.
– BlogCritics.org is not impressed.
– Neither are Ben Witherington or Tim Challies.
– Ingrid at Slice of Laodicea also thinks its a bad idea but sees value in closing Willow down – “Who’s in the mood for comedians and clown shows on Christmas?”
– Time Magazine noted the decision among a number of megachurches, including Willow and Fellowship Church.
As for me and my house, I think Willow should have the right to determine the appropriate programing for their goals. Church is more than an hour on a Sunday and if people want to stay home and enjoy Christmas with their families and relatives and close friends RATHER than a gizzillion church attenders then leave them alone to get on with it.
While we are talking about megachurch . ..
– The first church in the world, as far as we know, to stream live HD video from scratch is Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas. I have driven by this megachurch a hundred times but never gone in. Leave it Behind tells you how they manage the video streams.
– Lakewood Church in Houston has $4 million worth of video technology. (Edward Cone, Link)
– Willow Creek spend about $1million a year on technology which includes a 15 person IT team and 600 PC’s. Link
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