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Are there any evangelical-type (or independent) churches that have liturgical worship traditions?

Asked by Yellowdog (11877points) 1 month ago

By evangelical, I mean like Billy Graham—presenting a gospel or ‘Good News’ message that includes, but is not limited to, receiving Christ individually as Savior and Lord.

By liturgical, I mean a church with a style or worship that preserves or reinstates some of the ancient forms of worship, tradition, and ritual of the church before the Reformation —such as following the liturgical (church) calendar, seasons—having certain rituals for the Eucharist / Lord’s Supper, candles and incense, etc etc.

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

My cousin is a youth minister for Assemblies of God I think that is what you are asking.

JLoon's avatar

Greek and Russian Orthodox, and also African Coptic churches continue liturgy and rituals mostly unchanged for over 1500 years.

Yellowdog's avatar

Thanks—these are both perfect examples of one evangelical demomination (Assemblies of God) and a liturgical one (Orthodox, Coptic)—and I like both of them immensely. That’s why I am kind of wondering if there is anything that does both.

At one time, there was a denomination called the Evangelical Orthodox—they actually joined or were accepted by the Antiochian Orthodox denomination—supposedly the oldest in the world in continual existence. Originally part of the Jesus movement—but they lost their evangelical emphasis and now are pretty much just Antiochian Orthodox,

Messianic Jewish groups are also evangelical and ritualistic—some congregations far more Jewish than others. But they eschew the liturgies of ancient Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican denominations, because they identify with Judaism and not the Church,

Thanks @Tropical_Willie and @JLoon —still looking for answers.

gorillapaws's avatar

Pentecostalism. I think they’re pretty extreme with the speaking in tongues rituals and stuff, and they’re also radical protestants. Is that what you’re after?

Darth_Algar's avatar

Babbling incoherently aside, there’s nothing liturgical about Pentecostalism.

Yellowdog's avatar

Thanks, @Darth_Algar

No offense to anyone—but I guess if one isn’t familiar with the way worship is done in ancient Orthodox, Coptic, Roman Catholic, Anglican / Episcopalian or some Lutheran churches, well—they’re the extreme opposite of Pentecostals—who disdain rituals or liturgy and their movement only goes back to 1906.

janbb's avatar

@Yellowdog I don’t think many of us on this site know that much about evangelical religions and liturgical practices. My possible suggestion: would something like a Baptist mega-church have what you are looking for?

And here’s a list of Christian megachurches in the US. I would imagine some might be what you are looking for:

Yellowdog's avatar

Thanks, @janbb for your willingness to respond and help. But megachurches and Baptists don’t do rites and rituals. Baptists typically think ancient church traditions are pagan.

Fluther has many who are nonreligious but I thank all the collective jellies who are nonreligious for being respectful of believers.

Darth_Algar's avatar

For those who may not know: for liturgical think sorta like the Catholic church does, with all the pomp, ritual and ceremony. Evangelical would be the Baptist churches and the like. For the most part mainline Protestant denominations don’t really do liturgy. Anglican-aligned churches do, but they don’t really do evangelical.


With all sincerity, I really do wish I had a good answer for you. The closest, maybe, that I personally can think of with be the Methodist churches, but I think even that might be stretching it a tad.

gorillapaws's avatar

@Darth_Algar I was raised Methodist. There was certainly some formal ritual-aspects like communion, the Benediction, the Doxology, some of the candle-lighting with the acolytes (I even did a stint in middle school). It wasn’t particularly “God-fearing” or obsessive about the imminent return of Christ any day now.

I’ve also attended service at an orthodox Lebanese Catholic Church and that was very different. The priest swings around these nunchucks with incense in them. Serious stuff. My experience with Methodism doesn’t really fit with either category very well.

Yellowdog's avatar

Agree with @gorillapaws —the Methodists are between Evangelicalism (the Holiness tradition) and Anglicanism (which can be very ancient traditioned—though not as much as the Orthodox Lebanese Catholic)—but Methodism is a mainline protestant church and not where they overlap.

I guess maybe they don’t overlap anywhere—or not for long.

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