Wendy and I went through a phase where we were watching Kitchen Nightmares all the time. If you haven’t seen the show, here is what happens. It has a clear formula. Chief Gordon Ramsey finds a resturant that stinks. It is usually dirty and poorly managed. Ramsey invades the resturant, teaches them to use fresh ingredients, forces them to clean, breaks down the manager until he/she repents for being the problem, installs a new menu, and finally guts the joint and makes it look shinny new. At the end of the show someone cries and talks about how awesome Ramsey is. Wendy and I watched the show on Hulu for about a month and then got sick of the formula.
As we watched it we often joked that one could create a Church Nightmares show and reproduce attractional church with a simple formula. This conversation often made us incredibly uncomfortable so we would wrap it up quickly. We didn’t like how possible a show like that would be with the current model of contemporary church. It made us feel icky.
It makes me really sad. We all know there is a formula, but you’re not supposed to talk about it. It’s the elephant in the room.
But now that it is out there…
How does this video make you feel?
This formula (the video only shows a piece of it) is one of the reasons Wendy and I left the contemporary church to find something different. I will write more on it later…right now I feel a little gross.