Here is a pic of what things look like in places that aren't about religion, but relationships; in places for people who don't like church to gather (pic is from "worship" at Cedar Creek):
It is simply insane that anyone claiming to be part of Christ's Church would market themselves in this manner. "You'll love it here. Come join us. You won't even realize you're in church. It's not about religion here; it's about relationships." And yet, at the same time, there is something refreshingly honest about their marketing techniques. They tell you up front that they're different, that they're not into the whole religion thing. Sure, they're still being deceptive in that they think they're still a part of Christ's Church, but at least they're honest about who they really are and what they do. They readily admit that they don't like church. They readily admit that they're not about religion. They readily admit that they're open to anything and everything. They readily admit that they believe "worship" should be lively, fun, and entertaining. In other words, they're not hiding anything here. They put their cards on the table and say, "This is what our version of non-religious, all-inclusive, people-centered, relationship-focused 'Christianity' looks like. Like it? Good. Come and join us."
And, the people come. Oh, how they come! They flock to these non-church, non-religion "churches." Why wouldn't they? They don't like church. They have no interest in religion. But, they do like to be entertained. They enjoy being motivated. They're all for talking about a Jesus who is accepting of anything and everything. That kind of Jesus is okay with them. They're just looking for a social club anyway, a place to have a little fun and establish some relationships. "Finally," they say, "this 'church' gets me. They know what I want. They meet my 'felt needs.' This place is cool. I get my 'spiritual' fix on my terms, with no strings attached. No guilt. No shame. Just me. Just as I am. I don't have to change a bit. I can show up for the show once a week, get my fill, and nothing is expected from me in return. This is great!"
The problem, of course, is that it's all a sham. It's not Christ's Church. It's not about the real Jesus, who is revealed in Holy Scripture. The real Jesus is a bit different from the "rock-n-roll" version put forth in these non-religious, non-church "churches." The real Jesus makes some pretty outrageous statements, like, "Deny yourself. Pick up your cross and follow Me. Abide in My word. Do not think that I have come to bring peace, but a sword. Beware of false prophets. My kingdom is not of this world. You will be persecuted for My sake," and so on. He's not very popular, to be sure. But, then, He didn't come to be popular, but Savior. He didn't come to entertain or be entertained, but to live and die to save sinners, and to rise from the tomb and ascend into heaven to serve as Mediator between His Father and us.
If you're not into the real Jesus, there are plenty of non-religious, non-church "churches" out there for you today. Heck, you can even find many today which masquerade as "Lutheran." You'll have fun in these places. You'll be entertained. You'll feel right at home. You'll even establish relationships with others who like to have fun and be entertained as you do.
But, if you're interested in eternal salvation, well, you'll just have to get over your dislike of the Church established by the One who lived the perfect life you can't live and died on the cross to pay the full price for all of your sins. His Church is meant to be a sanctuary from this dead and dying world, not a mirror image of it. His Church is not a concert hall or arena where people are invited to come and be entertained, but a place of refuge where sinners are invited to lay their sins upon Him and receive forgiveness, life, and salvation through His Holy Word and Sacraments. And, guess what: In Christ's Church, you receive something so much better than earthly relationships - you are welcomed into an intimate fellowship (communion) with the Triune God of the universe and all His children FOREVER!
So, no thanks Cedar Creek. I'll stick to my Christian religion, which is lived out in Christ's Holy Church where I am welcomed into eternal relationships. I'll get my fun and entertainment elsewhere.