It is now possible for a congregation to provide faith formation for everyone, anytime, anywhere, 24x7x365. It is now possible to customize and personalize faith formation for all ages around the life tasks and issues, interests, religious and spiritual needs, and busy lives of people.
Posts Tagged ‘evangelism’
For more than a year, I’ve been interviewing self-identified Nones—people who answer “none” when asked with what religion they affiliate or identify—across the United States. Lately, the people I’ve talked with have embraced the designation “None” more pointedly as a label for those straining to resist labels.
From year-round outdoor street communities to farms of prayerful planting, from alternative worship in brew pubs to midnight breakfasts during college exams, from theological conversations in burger joints to contemplative candlelight services, Clearstory Collective is comprised of opportunities to explore oneself in the context of the something greater that many of us sense surrounds us.
Many churches have vision statements. Many have mission statements. What’s the difference? Does a church need both? Is one better than the other? It all depends on what you’re trying to accomplish, as well as what you’re trying to communicate with others – in your congregation and beyond.
How does a church convey its values in a short time? A bulletin which lists What we are for, What we are against, and What we value is a good start.
Church school and youth ministry leaders often notice that children and youth who are active in hockey or other sports, may be absent from church programs for the sports season because the demands of Sunday practices and games draw them out of active church involvement for a time. The question is: How can congregations creatively respond to this reality?
In order to not let my cynical side win and to really change, we need to stop living a lie. We are not as important as we think we are, and the world often chooses to ignore us. Yes, that saddens and frustrates me, but I think it is true. Perhaps people ignore us because we sometimes love our institution more than we love Jesus.
In order to share this good news with those who cross our thresholds, we first need to practice a few other goods words: Hello! Good morning! Welcome to our church!
National Back to Church Sunday is based on the simple principle that 82% of people will come to church if invited by a friend, yet only 2% of church members invite their unchurched friends.
The ministry of the church grows from a single shared root. We are not born as “ordained ministers” vs. “lay ministers”. We are born as children of God all of whom have a ministry given to us at baptism.
Churches I visit are always looking for new programs or new curricula that will draw in young adults. I have heard ideas ranging from burning more incense to using television screens to entice the young crowd. But I firmly believe that no matter how melodic your chanting or how amazing your PowerPoint slideshow . . . that is not what attracts young adults.
Stewardship isn’t fund-raising. The steward is one who is called on to manage something that belongs to someone else. That means two things: first, it isn’t really ours, and second, ours is a position of trust and responsibility for that for which we are called to care.
Sometimes in our attempt to develop and understand and practice our faith, we fall into a worldly paradigm of barter. What will it cost me to be saved, to know redemption?
The use of technology is now a congregational necessity that comes with significant ministerial advantages. A congregation that does not strategically employ these technologies is likely to be perceived as out of sync with the contemporary world.
In Holy Week (April 1-7 this year) the church dramatizes the events leading up to and including the suffering of Jesus on the cross. At Easter we dramatize Jesus’ resurrection. We live in a very pluralistic society, but many people still recognize the significance of Holy Week and Easter even if they don’t attend a church.
Enter Ryan. Dark, bearded, wide brown eyes, relaxed. He was wearing an aqua-colored T-shirt printed with these words that spanned the width of his chest. “I could talk about this stuff for hours.” Perfect, I thought. It might take hours.
What if millions of Christians could develop a lifelong habit of reading the Bible and be inspired to encourage others to join us so that together we could share this spiritual practice and know the love that God has for us and take our faith more seriously?