why even "hip, new" versions of evangelical church are still hard for me

1. After experiencing the liturgy, the evangelical format is flat-out boring to me. Am I seriously going to have to sit and listen to some man talk for forty-five minutes without falling asleep? Can there possibly be forty-five minutes of new information week after week that I can process, assimilate and respond to in my life? (Hiett can hold my attention, he is saying new things, it's just too much to keep up with in your soul week after week.) I've always said if you're going to preach weekly, ten to fifteeen minutes is plenty. I love the liturgy because it invites me to participate start-to-finish, not just for the first 25ish minutes of "worship". It's visual, it's audible, aromatic--it engages every sense and challenges your soul to seek deeper than symbol into mystery.

2. I am skeptical that anything "hip" or "new" is anything more than the old in new, Starbucks-quality packaging.
As McLaren wrote a couple years ago, "there are no postmodern churches, people." This isn't to say anything against communities that are trying new expressions, but the change I'm longing for doesn't come this quickly. McLaren's essay speaks about new theologies that need to be birthed and is pointing to a process that may be decades, even generations in the making. We could probably call the result of that kind of process "new", but anything we try this quickly is bound to be no more than a re-configuration of the old.

3. I've learned that just because a website or a leader's vision sounds good, it may not mean anything in practice. Even if I found someone in whom I believed enough to partner with, to follow, actual trust would be much slower in the building. I would want to see a leader living in truth over time--not just talking about it--and guiding the community to do the same.

I don't feel as allergic to church when I stick to the sacramental branch. In the evangelical world, there is still so much--theology, assumptions, forms and structures--that I don't buy into anymore. It's like someone offering you a coupon book when what you're seeking is another currency. Well-intentioned, I'm sure, but not terribly useful.