In discussions recently, the expression church for adults was used. It seemed like an interesting and worthwhile comment at the time. Now I am wondering what that might mean.
For one group of adults, I suspect it means church with no fooling around or unsettling surprises: predictable style of worship; no unexpected demands; thoughtful content. The music will be comfortable and of a high quality.
For another group of adults, I suspect it means church content that includes ten dollar words, challenging theological content (none of the simplistic theology often associated with Sunday School), and opportunity to participate in leadership and discussion.
For some, adult church will include coffee or other beverages.
Personally, I prefer music with words that are theologically appropriate and spiritually uplifting and melodies that are beautiful and engaging, prayers that are thoughtful, and stories and messages that either comfort the afflicted or afflict the comfortable — push us to reach for higher standards of conduct and thought. There needs to be an atmosphere of love and acceptance of everyone, and a sense of hopefulness. After all, gospel means good news, and churches should look and feel like good news.
On reflection, I wonder what others might desire in church appropriate for adults, and so I toss the question out to those who read this blog. What do you want in a worship service? Also, when would be the best time for a worship service for adults?