“Church” Jargon

HomileticsBob Kaylor, senior writer for Homiletics Magazine, has gotten me to thinking about my vocabulary, particularly in regard to people who are not currently part of a church community.  I’ve struggled with what name to use to refer to this rather large group.  Sadly, I’ve resorted to the all-too-common term, “unchurched.”

Kaylor writes that being “churched” is not necessarily a good thing and “being in church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than being in a garage makes you a car.”  I like that.  It reminds me that I need to be more concerned about a person’s proximity to Jesus.

Plus, you wouldn’t necessarily want a new believer to look like some of the “churched” folks.  Kaylor has an 11–person playlist of people that you might want to avoid looking like in church.  They include the following six:

  • De-churched people populate the church rolls but don’t attend anymore.
  • Roto-churched people drift from church to church based on whose youth/children/music program is “hot.”
  • Mega-churched people can only engage in worship with a praise band, video screens, and Starbucks in the foyer.
  • Casual-churched people drop by when they have nothing better to do.
  • Mal-churched people never miss church services, sit in the same pew, and never, ever smile.
  • H2O-churched people – that’s “Holidays, 2 Only.”

LifeSpring wants to attract people who have no current relationship with Jesus and/or with disciples of Jesus.  That can be very different from people who simply “go to church.”  There’s far too many of that kind of person.