Kat’s post about churchy phrases made me laugh. Having been in quite a number and variety of churches through X-Alt’s music ministry, I recognized them as primarily Baptist (although I’ve heard them in Assembly of God type churches as well). Now, I don’t think I’ve ever heard them in a Methodist church, so I thought I would add a few phrases I’ve hear, especially in “city” Methodist churches (I don’t want to say “urban” because that means something entirely different in this day and time).
We’ll bring it up in the [X] Committee
This means “We don’t really want to do whatever it is you’re suggesting, but we don’t want to hurt your feelings. The church bureaucracy will squash your idea, and we can say ‘we TRIED’.
Peace And Justice
“Peace” is and important concept in Christianity. “Justice” (IMHO) even more so. I think each of these should be huge part of our mission in the world, personally and corporally as a body of Christ. However “peace and justice”, when phrased like that and spoken from the pulpit really means “You can get your Obama bumper sticker at the associate pastor’s house”.
I’ll be brief
I’ve been in many churches where, if things are running behind, they’ll stretch the service until the entire program is complete. Heck, I’ve been in urban churches whose service would last 2, 2 and a half, even 3 hours! But, most Methodist churches run a tight ship on a strict schedule. If things get behind, it is up to the pastor to set things right. He has to cut one of his three points, or drop the joke about the old lady and the junk dealer. If he doesn’t do this, prominent members of the church will begin looking at their watches. After all, we’ve got to beat the Baptists to O’Charleys!
There are many more, but Kat had three, so I’ll stop there, before I get excommunicated, which in the Methodist Church means they stop telling you when the committee meetings are. 🙂