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“Church is Simply A Means to An End,” Tweets Church Leader in the Visitor’s Twitter Chat

Story by V. Michelle Bernard
Published 1/22/2014

Is it possible to pursue God without being involved in a church? A growing number of Americans think so. Yesterday, leaders from the Columbia Union Conference and, beyond, participated in a Twitter chat to share ideas of how the Seventh-day Adventist Church can better meet the changing needs of Americans.
“The twenty-something generation has made a critical distinction between religion and Jesus,” tweeted the Center for Youth Evangelism (@aucye) in Michigan.
“Externals, including church institutions, can become distractions to spiritual quests,” tweeted Raj Attiken (@RajAttiken), past Ohio Conference president, in the Visitor magazine’s #relevantreligion chat.
What other reasons could there be for this growing individualism in spirituality?
Diego S. Boquer (@diegosboquer), pastor of Chesapeake Conference’s Glen Burnie and Brooklyn churches in Maryland, tweeted, “One of the reasons is because how religion is presented. More and more people want relevance and not tradition or ceremony.”

MT @kitesurfpastor The religious package may work for one generation but not the next. Need new wine skins for ever generation. — ColumbiaUnionVisitor (@VisitorNews) January 21, 2014

"Religion" can be seen as structure, form, & institution - things people aren't drawn much to, anymore #relevantreligion @VisitorNews — Raj Attken (@RajAttiken) January 21, 2014

Jacob Gemmell (@jacobgemmell), a member of Chesapeake’s New Hope church in Fulton, Md., and a Good Forum Ministry leader agreed. “Many American’s don't want answers spoon fed to them. Religion often times can put God into a box,” he tweeted.

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