Digiorno or Steak & Lobster
Imagine you and your spouse are going out to dinner at a new restaurant. You walk in and find that the place is nice. Really nice. In fact, it’s downright fancy. The service is impeccable, the table setting is expensive and the atmosphere is to die for, but then, comes the food...
...A Digiorno Pizza.
Feels out of place doesn’t it? Here’s the deal, there’s nothing wrong with a Digiorno Pizza but in the wrong setting it doesn’t make sense. Imagine the same food in a different setting, like say, your home. What was, in one setting, a disappointment is now a tasty meal in another.
This happens in our churches all the time. We serve Digiorno Pizza like it’s steak and lobster and people respond with comments like “it feels like a performance.” What they’re really saying is, this just doesn’t feel right. Something is amiss.
Here’s my two cents.
Some people on our stages are Digiorno people and some people are steak and lobster people. That’s reality. The trick then, is presenting them in the appropriate way. If you don’t have a GREAT band than by all means, don’t try to light them like U2. If you don’t have great lights, then stop flashing them through every color possible.
The point is, when we overdo our presentation we come off as, at best, overambitious, and at worst, arrogant.
I realize that for so many of us, all we’ve got to work with is Digiorno people. I get that. But here’s my advice: Embrace it and be real about it because when we play and create within our strengths AND weaknesses we relate to people in a more genuine way.