A bad.hack (read more about it here) is a manipulation of a Christian system either using illicit means to achieve an end, or achieving goals that leave the system worse off and less open than before. Read on for the hack!
It seems that famed Rick Warren’s megachurch Saddleback Church has inadvertently opened the first REAL gated community church by planting an extension church on in a gated community’s property. Doh!
The primary membership of an official Village organization must be comprised of Village residents. Guests of residents are allowed by GRF to utilize the community facilities when accompanied by that resident- an official club meeting is no exception. But, GRF rules do not allow persons uninvited and unaccompanied by a Laguna Woods Village resident to attend their gatherings.
So… in reality… you will not be able to attend Saddleback’s new campus next Sunday (Easter) unless you are a resident of Laguna Woods Village, or are attending WITH a member of Laguna Woods Village. Ruh-Roh.
So, Saddleback may have just inadvertently started America’s first ‘gated’ multi-site campus.
Wow. Major PR bungle here. I’m probably leaning towards what MMI figures: they were blindsided. But who would want to setup a church plant in a gated community anyway? Bad plan, Saddleback.
But I think what bothers me most is the first comment on MMI. The commenter says “who cares” because this gated church plant is only 10 minutes from the main Saddleback campus. It’s a short drive over for anyone unable to go to the gated church plant.
Well…IT MATTERS! Anytime we open a church and say that only “particular” people can attend, or we suckle ourselves up to authorities who can regulate who attends, then we cease to be the Church universal. And that’s a bad.hack.