It is a truism that the Church, in its Christendom form, is no longer at the centre of political and cultural influence. But in the blend of activities that make up our “Christian witness”, should the same fate befall the “church event”? I’m defining the “church event” as a time when Christians gather deliberately and publicly to worship God. Against the background of plural worldviews and competing interests, the church event is assuming an increased profile in the struggle to maintain Christian identity, a bolstered status as the marker of what it means to be Christian. In the face of a secular culture, church events become sharply focussed as a way to remind ourselves who we are. Churches pour huge amounts of energy into the music, preaching, environment and…

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