Experiencing a Traditional Service and a Contemporary One
Today we’ll enjoy two services, another doubleheader: a traditional service followed by a contemporary one.
Consider these four discussion questions about Church #45:
1. As we wander inside, several people acknowledge our presence, thanking us for visiting. But beyond that no one says anything more, so we meander into the sanctuary.
Acknowledging a person is a great start, but what more can you do to connect with them and show you care?
2. At one point, the minister invites people to come forward to the altar. Doing this in the middle of the service is unusual, and I don’t catch the purpose.
When you do something people don’t expect, how can you make your intentions clear?
3. Between services is a pastor’s breakfast for guests. It’s a great chance to learn more and experience community. They say it’s in the library but fail to explain how to get there. Eventually someone gives us directions.
How can you help people better navigate your facility?
4. The crowd is lethargic at the contemporary service. It’s as though they just crawled out of bed and rolled into church—and many rolled in late.
What must you do to engage in worship? How can you help others in their worship?
The two services gave us completely different experiences.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.