Hexagon church stage set at Kairos

Hexagon Church Stage Set: How-To

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We refresh our stage set every year at Kairos, and this year we built a backdrop of coroplast hexagons that we’ve gotten a lot of questions about. The PDF below links to an instruction manual that I wrote to help with the process.

We had a local fabrication shop CNC-cut 1/4″ thick coroplast into 4″ hexagons, and used fishing line and lead fishing weights to hang the hexagons. The total materials cost was under $500.

Download the manual below for detailed instructions!

Hexagon Set Instructions

 

Signs of a Dying Church

Five Signs of a Dying Church

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We usually equate dying churches with decreasing attendance, and while this is often the case, it’s not always a reliable sign.  Churches can sit at the same attendance levels for twenty years and merely be considered stagnant instead of dying.

Instead of looking at attendance alone, here are five other signs that a church is dying.

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Four Awkward Things the Church Needs to Talk About

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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.

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Preferences Versus The Gospel

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I read that quote in a Facebook post tonight and it really hit me.  It’s a sad reality in churches today where arguments seem to pop up about everything, from the style of worship music to the placement of a new water fountain (and yes, that one is true.)

Maybe some of you are looking for a church that checks all of the things on your list.  You want the music, preaching, small groups, environment, kids program, youth group, and everything else to be exactly the way you want it to be.

You’ll be dead before you find that church, because it doesn’t exist.

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Gosh, This Communion Bread is Good

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I recently attended a church service where the bread served during communion was actual bread, not those styrofoam-like wafers that some churches use.  As in, this bread was a big piece of bread that people broke smaller pieces off of.  And boy was it good.  Soft yet chewy on the outside with a slightly sweet taste to it.  It made me wish all communion bread was like it.

Now, some of you reading this are appalled that this is what I was thinking about during communion.  But let’s face it; we’ve all been there, and we’ve all thought some of these things.

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TIP: Adjust Mac Volume in Smaller Increments

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It’s surprising how little Mac users know this trick.  For many people, the default volume increments on Macs are too big of a jump for many applications.  Luckily, there is a way to adjust your volume in smaller increments.

Instead of just tapping your volume buttons, hold down shift, option, and then adjust your volume using the volume adjustment keys (F11 and F12 on most Apple keyboards).  You will see that the volume jumps are much smaller now.

This can also be used with brightness settings by holding down shift, option, and then adjusting your brightness (F1 and F2 on most Apple keyboards).

This may be obvious to many of you, but there is a big number of people who don’t know this useful trick.

Signs of a Dying Church

The Five Groups of Church Seating

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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.

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