Tuesday, January 30, 2007

doing church as a party

Steve Sjogren over at jumpstart church has some observations on turning gatherings into a party. It is a barebones outline of a presentation he made recently to some D.Min. students.
  1. Invite Jesus’ presence in a big way to your gatherings.

  2. Invite the city to come to church.
    A. lots of people
    B. on a large scale
    C. all of the time

  3. Prepare your people for newcomers a bit in advance of their arrival
    Don’t get it perfect before you start inviting people.

  4. Never underestimate the power of strategic preaching over a several month time frame to usher in change with your people.
    I learned to speak as I went along. I was thrown in the deep end, had to swim before I drowned, but one thing I did right: I’ve never done a single message without it being a part of a strategic piece of where I was seeing our people going.

  5. Stop demanding perfection (often spelled “e-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-c-e”) from all aspects of your services / gatherings.

  6. If you are the primary communicator, two key words: “Lighten Up!”

2 comments:

Walking Church said...

Let me know when you are hiring.

The Righteousness of God said...

I think the title is wrong: It should read "Being the Church is a a Pary"