Faster world- slower church?

By Dave Henning / July 25, 2013

“In a world where there is a wealth of information, there is often a poverty of attention.”- Ken Mehlman, G. W. Bush’s presidential campaign manager

Leighton Ford wonders whether, as we’re continuously bombarded by information via the world-wide-web, there is any way for us not to pay attention.  Since we’re usually in a state of sensory and factual overload, it’s very difficult for anything to get our full attention.  New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman once commented on this phenomenon:

You’re never out anymore.  The assumption now is that you’re always in . . . . And when you are always in, you are always on.  And when you’re always on, what are you most like?  A computer server.”

Full commitment requires sustained attention.  Perhaps, Leighton Ford suggests in Chapter 5 of The Attentive Life, churches should not only focus on programs, but offer a space for silence.  The author adds:

“Perhaps is a faster world we could use a slower church- or at least churches that help us slow down and pay attention.”

Today’s question: Do you agree that churches should pay a little less attention to programs and more opportunities for quiet and reflection?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Worried and distracted”

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