Duncan Macleod has been blogging on the Australian Emerging Missional Church Summit held by the Forge network recently. He noted Mike’s antagonism toward “attractional” models of church and that alternative worship is often just tinkering with the standard model.
I must say I’m right there with Mike on this. I think it is necessary to come down hard on attractional thinking as it is so ingrained as to be unconscious. I have attended a number of the small Converse gatherings that Mike has held amongst Emergent Leaders in Sydney and I must say that even there the assumptions needed to be regularly challenged. This is not to say there’s no place for attractional models, it’s just that its all pervasiveness needs to be robustly challenged at this time.