Visiting Churches

Successfully Melding Contemporary and Traditional

Discussing Church 4

This church’s Facebook page—they have no website—says their “services are informal with a blend of hymns and contemporary music.” I expect service melding contemporary and traditional aspect of worship.

The 52 Churches Workbook, by Peter DeHaan

Consider these four discussion questions about Church #4:

1. I suspect the service will match what I see in the facility, a merging of traditional and contemporary, just as promised online.

Does your church deliver what you promise? If not, what needs to change?

2. We sit only a third of the way in, yet most people pack in behind us.

Where do you sit in church? Why? Many visitors like to sit toward the back to remain anonymous. What can you do to leave room for them?

3. Some people raise their hands in worship as we sing, yet most don’t. I want to, but I fear calling unwelcomed attention to myself if I do.

How can you help people feel comfortable in worshiping God at your church?

4. Afterward, they invite us to stay for coffee and cookies. So many people talk to us that snack time is over before we reach the fellowship hall.

How can you avoid being in such a hurry to pick up that guests feel rushed or shortchanged?

Overall. I’m excited at their melding contemporary and traditional in their church service.

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