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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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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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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.

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