Event vs. Rhythm

sermon seriesI saw a church sign advertising a current sermon series called What’s the Point? It asks what’s the point of faith, church, prayer, etc. That’s a great series of topics well worth discussing, and it’s questions for which a lot of people want answers. But the common expectation is that such advertising will hopefully draw people with those questions to hear the preacher address it on a Sunday morning.

Would it not be more effective to simply have those conversations with people where they already are? Instead of trying to get them to come to a church building, why not meet them where they already are in the daily rhythm of life. Have those conversations over coffee, at a restaurant, on the sidelines of the soccer field, or the neighbor’s house.

We assume people will simply come to us, sit and listen to us explain the point and they’ll go away feeling better about it with the answer…and hopefully come back next week! It would be so much better if we could engage them in finding the answer together in the context of a relationship in the rhythms of life rather than in a Sunday only event.

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  1. I was just directed to your site when I posed a question about worship…whose responsibility is it? Your post from last Nov. 28 was a nice response that clarified my own perspective. I’m a worship leader and I try to “stay out of the way” of people’s desire to worship. I am, however, responsible for selecting songs, playing the music, leading the singing and instructing the body, when necessary and when led by the Spirit. I know, as much as one can, that this is my calling and 35+ years of effective ministry seem to confirm that. I still struggle, at times, with the member who doesn’t like the style (we incorporate a wide variety of music, traditional and contemporary) or is “distracted” by something shared during the time of music and praise. Thanks for your post and insight into this issue. I can prayerfully but confidentally continue as the Spirit leads. Rural Oregon

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