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What Is A Seeker Friendly Church

Can anyone exlpain to me exactly what a 'Seeker Friendly' church is? I am a 'born-again' christian and have never heard of such a church over here in UK.

Moderator - It is a new way to reach Christians and the unchurched and was started mostly by Southern Baptists pastors and has now infected the greater Body of Christ. The major theme is to not offend people, therefore they can't talk about sin, hell, repentence, blood of Christ, etc. The church services are to entertain the people and tell them how Christ can help them be better (self motivation). It is one of the greatest threats to Christianity in the 21st century as a false doctrine.

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Yes,been sm yrs.ago,notice the "once on fire!" pentecostal church'more worldly,the music,lots of clap yeah,sister so n so sang good,feel good music!so,what can we look for when storms of life??
Leary,about any church! Don't know what to do except pray!
---ELENA on 3/15/12

Hi,I am from the UK and my Church has become a "seeker sensitive" church.I had a leader to my house,he said they r starting to water the meetings down and taking words out of songs to not offend the unbeliever,anyone who falls in the spirit will be told as they don't want to frighten again!they even baptized a guy who is with his partner/unmarried.we have the latest lights that change color on stage and a smoke machine for atmosphere...there is no Worship, no praying,preaching has become a "talk" and is based around u rather than the bible.To top it all off...ready for this one!!!! They had a membership meeting
under the NEW regime..A man in a "dolphin suit" came out and shook their hands with his flipper!!!!!
---L_Buttrey on 2/15/12

//The main message almost every week is "Love" and "Grace". You never hear anything about people being accountable for themselves and the decisions they make. They dont talk about sin or hell.//

The one I attended focused on faith, hope, and charity. after a month or so, my son said, "i miss our old church. they do not talk about Jesus here."

for two years prior, we went a little over an hour each way to a church to hear about sin, repentance belief, and Jesus.
---aka on 11/11/10

I think I belong to one. I totally agree with the above statement. Here are a few more obvious signs to look for. Your congregation is allowed to drink coffie while preaching is going on. The main message almost every week is "Love" and "Grace". You never hear anything about people being accountable for themselves and the decisions they make. They dont talk about sin or hell. There is no being slain in the Spirit, speaking in tongues etc, for in fear of scaring people. Lack of respect for Gods presence and His Holiness.So, people are goofing around in church, poking eachother, laughing, getting up to get more cups of coffie, you name it! As you can see, Im very irritated and our family is leaving!
---Jennifer_Hall on 11/11/10

The seeker sensitive movement: an egocentric evangelism, of ones self - what do I need, or desire, in order to make myself happy.

Many of their groups interview unbelievers as to what they want in a service (in order to be comfortable). Surprisingly, the infidels like to dance, sit in comfortable seats, view a big screen, and a cafeteria, but don't want to hear of Christ on the cross, the blood, or of salvation, and in what manner to grow in him.

Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen who has trouble saying if unbelievers go to Hell.

Revelations 3:21. -Glenn

Jeremiah 2:12, 13, Matthew 7:15, 15:14, Romans 12:16, 2Timothy 4:3, 4, 2John 1:9-11, Revelations 3:16 / 1Timothy 6:3, 4
---Glenn on 4/8/09

Seeker Friendly paradigm is the most dangerous thing that has ever happened to the church because the movement is unscriptual and full of leaven.You won't have any problem knowing when this movement hits your church because it brings radical changes in how you "have church". Your church's worship and preaching will change and no longer resemble what it once was (when the anointing was there)because it's now designed to make unbelievers comfortable in their sin. In short, your church will no longer look or run like a church but a social club.
---Michael on 9/16/08

I agree with that Mima - it's all about "me" in that church. "I" can be a better person, "I" can feel good, what can God do for "me". WRONG!! It is the other way around - it is not about me at all, it is all about God and what He wills. Our whole country needs to get off the self-centered kick that it has been on, quit implying that truth is relative and that whatever works for you is the right way. People are perishing and this theology will not help them - they need to hear the truth - they need conviction about breaking God's commands - all of them. We need people to be repenting and changing.
---Pam on 9/2/08

I believe Joel Osteen's church would qualify as a "seeker friendly" church.
---Mima on 11/11/07

Amen to that got that right!!!
---Holly4jc on 9/2/08

A seeker-friendly church is one that preaches that "God is all love", "grace is all there is, no consequences", you will never hear them talk about sin or repentance. They are trying to grow in numbers by appealing to people who want to live with one foot in the world and one foot in the church, hoping they are saved. You want all the information in the world on this subject - do a little research on "the emerging church" There is enough there to keep you busy for a while.
---Pam on 9/2/08

I think seeker friendly churches vary widely.
The thing that is concerning to me is the possible lack of programs to help new believers to grow. Or so warm and fuzzy that a commitment to Christ is not offered at all. Feel good churches could actually hurt the cause of Christ.
Again these churches vary. I have been a part of one but it was also in your face about living a life with Christ.
People should be confronted with their need for God and finding a genuine faith.
We are "not ashamed of the Gospel."
---Susan on 9/1/08

I agree with the moderator. You have no doubt heard of watered stock? Well a seeker friendly church is a church which waters down and avoid confrontational questions and/or witnessing. I recently attended a seeker friendly church(at another person's request) and I found no surprises. Wonderful facilities, on the marquee outside it says," a contemporary Baptist Church" now I'm not quite sure what that means but that's what it said. The message was weak very very weak and then the altar call was just pathetic!!! But the church has about 900 members now and is growing by leaps and bounds.
---mima on 9/1/08

There are two types of seeker friendly out there. The one the moderator talks about (which is horrible) and also there is a group that desires to still bring a great message and preach the Gospel..but update. No more pews..dressing to the hilt..musty hour or the people complain...dry, solemn, boring services that are just plain OLD...not the typical fundamental church. If I had a choice of a church that preached the true gospel with pews and a detailed play by play in the bulletin and a church that preached the true gospel and allowed jeans, drums, and a younger vibe...the latter would be chosen in a heartbeat and I am 35 with five children that grew up in the church.
---melanie on 9/1/08

I agree that a seeker friendly church is one that in large part, intends not to convict or offend, fearing that it will drive people away. We attended one of the largest churches in my community, and one that I would define as seeker friendly. The messages, in my opinion, were very real depth or substance, pretty much just feel good messages. During P & W, someone with a video camera would move about the stage, getting close-ups of the singers and musicians, not unlike a rock concert. I felt I was being entertained, NOT ministered to.
---John on 9/1/08

Jim, you have alot in common with Jack...
Maybe Jack goes to your church.
---Cindy on 2/11/08

While there are churches that fit the moderator's definition, most Seeker Friendly churches of which I'm aware are very orthodox in their beliefs, don't avoid the subjects you identify, and don't have the goal of merely teaching people how to be better. It's a sweeping characterization to assign your definition to all seeker friendly churches. It would better to say, "I have such limited knowledge on the subject that I can't provide an accurate answer."
---Jim on 2/11/08

I believe Joel Osteen's church would qualify as a "seeker friendly" church.
---Mima on 11/11/07

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Keep scripture in mind when looking for a method or a means to promote church growth. A Christianity that is not based on the Scriptures is a false Christianity. It may be ecumenical and it may be successful in attracting numbers, but it is not biblical. It could even lead people to follow false teachers and false doctrine and be deceived.

You know where they could spend eternity, separated from God!

---Rebekah_Martin on 11/9/07

The Seeker Friendly Emerging Church is indeed false.
Emerging Church is reemerging. However, rather than going back to the inspired Word of God found in the Old and New Testaments, the goal is to reintroduce an Ancient-Future faith based on the ideas, dogmas, traditions and views of the Roman Catholic/Orthodox Church Fathers.

They welcome the mystical.
---Rebekah_Martin on 11/9/07

You will find an array of icons, statues of Mary holding baby Jesus, Jesus hanging on the cross, candles, incense, relics, and statues of the saints. While there is a lot of emphasis on the visual sensual and mystical, very little Bible taught to the people. Emphasis on extrabiblical paraphernalia, extra-sensory images.
---Rebekah_Martin on 11/9/07

The Seeker Friendly Emerging Church

While Rick Warren, and others are very excited about the Emerging Church and the direction it is presently headed, Emerging Church may actually be a re-emergence of what has already occurred in church history. If the pattern continues expect to see evangelical Protestants become more and more Roman Catholic/Orthodox.
---Rebekah_Martin on 11/9/07

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Emergent Church, emergent village.

Making up new major doctrines. Such as whether Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation. The issue of hell, whether or not anyone will experience eternal torment or simply be saved and taken to heaven. The Cross as simply an example for us to follow when we suffer.
---Rebekah_Martin on 11/9/07

Oh man>>Pops, You are 100% right. Preach love oh preach peace unto the wicked, Have their blood on your hands on Judgment Day.
---catherine on 6/14/07

Oh how I miss the days when preachers preached the truth and if he stepped on a few toes, the people knew God was able to heal, even hurt toes, and the Spirit of God moved in churches, not bands taught to psychologically hype people up!
---PAT on 6/14/07

They fear man, and not God. They would rather not offend anyone by presenting tough parts of the Bible, because they are afraid they might offend someone and they would leave the church. It is better to offend them for a short time, then to withhold information that can keep them out of hell!
---Pops on 1/11/06

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2 Timothy 4:1-5
---Leon on 9/20/05

Definition of a seeker friendly church.
A place where you go every Sunday and they tickle your ears(tell you exactly what your flesh wants to hear)and they take your money, slap you on the back and usher you into hell.
---John on 9/9/05

Shira 5695, don't blame Southern Baptist churches in general for the mistakes made by a single Southern Baptist church. Yes, there are some Southern Baptist churches that have become entirely too worldly, but the same is true for individual churches of every denomination.
---Heather on 9/9/05

pappyswife, you are so so right. The super churches and their pastors will stand before A Holy God one day and give an account of how many went to hell because of them. The New Covenant church is one of them. They are popping up all over.
---shira_5965 on 9/9/05

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Man, you Baptists don't have ANYTHING on the "Charismatic" super-churches of today. They're poppin up all over the country, it's all the rage! And I LOVE the slogans: 1. "Discover the champion in YOU" 2. "_____church, the most powerful HOUR of your WEEK" 3. "___church; where PEOPLE matter most" I guess old 'slogans' like "REPENT! for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand!" is too offensive, huh?
---pappyswife on 9/9/05

cont..I use to be a southern baptist but they got so worldly, I couldn't stand it. Some are filled with pride and entertainment and when they start reading scripture, I couldn't tell what book they were reading. There are many entertaining churches out there, but show me one independent baptist and I will go visit it with you.
---shira_5965 on 9/9/05

william, you absolutely don't know anything about independent baptist to say such. If you want to hear about hell, sin, repentence, the blood of Jesus, and church dicipline, then please visit an independent baptist church, but be sure to carry your King James Bible.
---shira_5965 on 9/9/05

Gee, dont tell the Southern Baptist preachers where I am from this. They will definatley "hurt your toes." The seeker friendly churches in my area are mostly independant but calling themselves Independent Baptist, but it sure isnt hard to tell what they really are. And yes, they are emerging as the new yuppie churches. Get'em in, get'em worshipped and get'em out. Even some of my life long friends are turned on to these churches. Pretty scary.
---William on 9/9/05

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