I have often referred back to the quote by Johannes Oecolampadius, "The world would be better off with fewer pastors." My version would go like this, "The world would be better off with fewer churches."
I find that, in any given town, most churches are about the same. There is not a lot theologically that separates them. Most of their philosophy of ministry overlaps as well. Which begs the question: why do they exist as separate entities?
Within even evangelicalism there's only hairsplitting minutia that really separates most churches. All you have to do is look at their statements of faith (if they have one). They are all essentially the same. When it comes to worship, most churches are chasing the same fads. It is like a cookie cutter stamp.
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