A Quick Church Pre-Service Checklist

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That time period from when the auditorium doors open to when the service starts is one of the most important times for guests at your church.  It’s awkward.  People kind of wander around until they find a seat that they like, some save seats, they talk amongst themselves, and for guests (and sometimes regulars!) it’s a strange time.

But there are some things you can do to minimize the awkwardness.  Consider it a condensed pre-service checklist.

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Don’t Be Deadweight

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Every organization has people who simply act as deadweights, doing nothing except slowing down progress or making it more difficult.  Usually these people fit into the three following characteristics:

  • They complain about everything but find any reason not to do anything about it
  • They never fail at anything because they never try anything new
  • They are not involved physically, personally, financially, or spiritually into anything except themselves

If you’re involved in anything, I’ll bet you can name several right now.  So what I want you to do is grab the phone and give them a call.  Just kidding.  Don’t do that.

In a church or religious organization setting, the Bible isn’t kind to deadweights.  2 Thessalonians 3:8-10 says “we did not eatanyone’s food free of charge; instead, we labored and struggled, working night and day, so that we would not be a burden to any of you. It is not that we don’t have the right to support, but we did it to make ourselves an example to you so that you would imitate us. 10 In fact, when we were with you, this is what we commanded you: “If anyone isn’t willing to work, he should not eat.”  

Yikes.  Not the most gentle words ever spoken, but it’s for a purpose.  The Church works best when everybody works together, regardless of personal preferences, to glorify and spread the name of Jesus throughout their communities, regions, states, and country.

The best Christian testimony is a solid Christian.

A deadweight isn’t helping anybody.

Four Things The Church Should Never Apologize For

Four Things The Church Should Never Apologize For

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The Church has messed up in the past, it’s messed up today, and it will be messed up in the future, simply due to the fact that it’s made up by a bunch of imperfect people trying to be used by God to have an impact on the world.

Saying that, there are some things that I firmly believe the Church should never apologize for.  Here are four of them.

1)  Being “Too Big”

I’m confused by the term “megachurch.”  If we’re willing to call a church with 2,000 in attendance “mega” while more than 230 million Americans find more fulfilling things to do on any given Sunday, we’ve set pathetically low goals for ourselves.  “But I won’t know everybody,” you say.  I doubt you know everybody in your 200 member church either.  I’m convinced that a lot of Christians want their churches to stay small for the sake of convenience.  Every church should be concerned about reaching more and more people for Jesus, like Matthew 28:19-20 commands us to do.
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