Visiting Churches

A Good but Atypical Church Service

Discussing Church 24

This church resulted when three dying congregations merged a quarter century ago, but with a worship team of teens brought in, today isn’t a normal gathering. I suspect it’s a more atypical church service.

The 52 Churches Workbook, by Peter DeHaan

Consider these four discussion questions about Church #24

1. Most of the congregation are senior citizens, with few children. The sanctuary seats about four hundred, but it’s only one-fourth full. 

If you have an aging congregation, what can you do to reverse the trend?

2. The absence of a cross is conspicuous. This isn’t an issue for me, but for many it is. The cross is a prime emblem of Christian faith, but we must remember it’s only a symbol. 

What symbols are present or lacking in your church? What message might this convey?

3. Today’s sermon is about friendship. True friendship, the minister says, requires constancy, honesty, and wise counsel. Jesus is the ultimate friend. 

How well do you do at being a true friend to others?

4. Both before and after this atypical church service, people thank us for visiting. Their conversations aren’t to share faith but to entice us back. They’re desperate to grow. 

How do your efforts to grow your church come across? Are you willing to ask a visitor their thoughts to get a firsthand account?

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