“From the moment you pull into the parking lot, it is our desire for you to see friendly faces and well-marked signs pointing you in the right direction. Whether you need childcare or a hot cup of coffee, someone will be close by to get you where you are heading. Don’t worry about not knowing your way around; we have done everything possible to make you comfortable the moment you enter our campus.
When you attend Revolution, don’t give a second thought to what you are wearing. We are much more concerned about your real life needs than the clothes you have on. Come comfortable (everyone will be in jeans, shorts, and T-shirts) and come early to enjoy a hot cup of coffee or a cold glass of tea at our café.
Our goal is really simple. We want you to realize that God and church can be a real part of your life without all the pomp and circumstance. The teaching will be relevant and something you can apply to your every day life; the music will rock and will sound like the music you hear on the local rock station on your radio. The people around you will be from all walks of life who are going through the same highs and lows of life as you are.”
Are you serious? That’s what I said out loud when I came across this church. Revolution’s the name and Rockin’ out’s the game! I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I saw this. I think I did both (is that even possible!?). Seems this church like to have a guy getting tattooed on stage when there is a sermon being preached. I’m not raising an issue about tatt’s and whether they’re acceptable or not. That’s for your conscience to dictate. I’m not against them, nor am I a worshipper of them. My issue is how on earth can you expect a church to pay attention to the message if there is the sound of a buzzing tattoo needle in the background, and some dude sitting in a chair wincing as the needle jabs his tender flesh. Maybe this guy is just super hardcore unlike me?! Kind of like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (for those of you who say who? Stone Cold was a beast of a wrestler back when WWE was the WWF and was actually entertaining- i was a kid alright!). I for one would most likely be jerking around like a fish out of water shouting “OWH EEH OUCH AAAAGGGHHH, THAT HURRRTTTSSS!!”
Another thing that concerns me is their “What to expect?” section. You just read it above. It’s in bold. “We are much more concerned about your real life needs than the clothes you are wearing.” Fair enough. Or is it? Is this a sign of a greater problem? Is the message all about people’s needs rather than Jesus? I’ll have to listen to a sermon to find out. Also note; “Our goal is really simple. We want you to realize that God and church can be a real part of your life without all the pomp and circumstance. The teaching will be relevant and something you can apply to your everyday life; the music will rock and will sound like the music you hear on the local rock station on your radio.”
Emmmm hello!!! Where’s Jesus? What’s pomp and circumstance all about? Compare and contrast with me if you will.
Let’s look at Mars Hill (Mark Driscoll) vision statement. He (they) say;
“Mars Hill Church lives for Jesus as a city within the city – knowing culture, loving people, and seeing lives transformed to live for Jesus. That’s our mission. Mars Hill Church is a group of people who Jesus has saved and sent to be missionaries. We come together as one giant family to worship Jesus in many locations at many times. You can expect a time of prayer and singing to God as well as biblical preaching every Sunday”
Mars Hill, I like. Revolution’s? I don’t like. Mars Hill’s focus is on Jesus, biblical teaching, prayer and singing TO God. The focus of Revolution is on the individuals’ personal experience not Jesus. A kind of “ME” Church. They may preach FROM the Bible, but please don’t be fooled into thinking that if one preaches FROM the bible that he is preaching biblically sound material. There’s a big difference! I don’t want to get into the game of criticising left right and center. That’s not what I’m about. I’m sure the guys at The Revolution Church are genuine and are doing a great work- more than I am doing, but tattooing on stage and that seeker-sensitive approach is just downright silly. It may contribute to increased numbers for a period, and provide the attendees with some entertainment, but ultimately it doesn’t lead to their hearts being genuinely regenerated by God. Only the Holy Spirit through preaching of the Word and the proclamation of the gospel does that. I want to be sympathetic towards them because their Statement of beliefs seems fine to me; but then again so does Joel Osteen’s.