Maybe church doesn’t have to be the most important thing for people. Maybe making the most of the sliver of commitment some people are able to give church participation is as defensible an approach to ministry as continually looking for ways to deepen peoples’ their commitment, measured mostly in the number of church activities they attend.
This is accommodation.
Ever since I was a hair-on-fire seminarian I have been sermonizing against the fragmentation of contemporary life and the sinister ways a cult of “busy-ness” tears at Christian community and discipleship. It’s really hard to grow in relationships of mutuality and accountability in one hour per week.
That is not less true than it used to be, but I’ve gone from pronouncing “one hour” with an irritated gasp–“one hour?”–to pronouncing it with a fully-formed breath approaching admiration: “One hour!”
This is adaptation.
The reality of our schedules is a constraint upon ministry in our context. Kicking against constraints leads to frustration. Embracing them can lead to creative breakthroughs.
What can we do in an hour?