These three Good Friday slides are perfect for any use in your services to set a somber mood of remembrance. Feel free to use them in any capacity that you wish.
It’s a scary thing to come into a new church.
You don’t know anybody, where anything is, or what the service or kids experience is going to be like.
These six things only make church visitors feel unwelcome, and they need to be corrected.
I bought my domain name as a junior in high school. Of course, people asked me “why own your domain name?”
Last night, I had the pleasure of hearing Jon Acuff, author of Stuff Christians Like and Start, speak at Belmont University in Nashville on social media and how he got to where he is today. For those who don’t know, that’s 4 million unique visitors monthly and over 200,000 Twitter followers.
Over and over again, he hammered home that the most important thing you can do is own your own URL. Here’s why.
Check out this post from Tony Morgan. It’s something that all churches should do at some point. Getting an outside perspective almost always yields things that one would never see if they are a regular attender.
Most churches open the doors to their auditorium/sanctuary at a certain time before the service starts. These doors usually lead out to the lobby, where an eager crowd has gathered.
So when the doors do finally swing open, something special happens. There is a mad rush to find the perfect seat. If you’ve been attending the same church for a while, you know what I’m talking about and have likely found your favorite seat. It’s a magical place where the music is neither too loud or too soft, the air conditioning provides a pleasant temperature without blowing at gale force, and the view is an unobstructed angle to the pastor’s good side.
These are five types of people who come to the surface when the auditorium doors open.
So, you’re probably reading this thanks to that incredibly disturbing title. No, it didn’t come from a movie, a serial killer, or Sparta.
In fact, it’s in the Bible, and there’s one huge reason why I’m glad it is.
Christianese really needs to not be a thing.
Can I get an amen from the congregation? (oops).
Churches and pastors have a weird way of avoiding issues that people deal with for fear of the uncomfortableness that comes with them. Many churches have become a place where people doll themselves up with nice clothes and act like everything is alright on a Sunday morning when their lives are actually falling apart. We’ve become afraid to talk about issues that effect most people and instead talk about things that most people don’t have questions about. Nobody is asking whether you are pre-trib or post-trib, reformed or not, or whether you teach exegetically through the Bible. While these are fine topics for a small-group Bible study, they are not questions that people are asking in their everyday lives.
Instead, the Church needs to answer the questions that real people are asking. The following four things are uncomfortable, yes, but they affect everyone and everyone has questions about them. It’s time to embrace the awkward.