Think about the last time you felt like an ‘outsider,’ like you didn’t belong. How did you feel? It’s such an uncomfortable, awful feeling isn’t it? We would never want a guest to our church to feel that way! Unfortunately, many guests do feel like outsiders, and it’s because we’re unaware of what makes them feel that way. We, after all, are the ‘insiders’.
Mother’s Day is the third highest church attendance day of the year,
so the last thing you want to do this Sunday is alienate anyone unintentionally.
How do we approach worship in the context of corporate fellowship using the arts?
Churches often have questions about how to modernize and present themselves in a current and relevant light in order to more effectively reach their local community. While there are a variety of ways to go about moving toward this goal (having a dynamic website, using fresh graphics on bulletins, updating the church building itself, etc.), one strategy is to incorporate creative videos into the sermon and announcements.
Jesus made it clear that the need for volunteers is never going to end. For many churches, it’s that need for volunteers that hinders them from accomplishing everything they really want to do. While the need for more workers is never ending, what happens when we don’t respond to the questions and needs of the people we already have?
Have you seen the changes in McDonalds lately? Gone is the emphasis on playland and Happy Meals, now replaced with McCafe, Wifi, and warm, inviting colors. It’s like Starbucks, with burgers and fries. On the surface, things are very different, but what about when you get deeper in?
When my wife and I got married we came from geographically different areas and we chose to settle in the middle. Because of that choice to live in the middle and continue working our respective jobs, we drive about 1400 miles a WEEK for work. Whenever I mention that to people their jaw drops and they wonder how we do it. I have a 3 word answer for them: “we drive hybrids.”