There’s a lot of (legitimate and needed) conversation about how church should be “native” to its culture. We have many different types of cultures even within America, and one of the pastor/church planter/leadership team’s jobs should be to seek and pray about how the Kingdom of God can be expressed within that culture.
But a lot of times, this talk of “contextualization” ends up being talk of how to do the coolest or most trendy church. There’s a place for super small churches that meet in bars and mega gatherings with rockin’ bands. In that environment, it’s easy to start looking outward and seeking a different type of approval. The biggest test of God’s call may be this: are you willing to serve in a context that’s relevant and fruitful but isn’t labeled as cool and cutting edge?