The following Facebook post from a friend in Denver got me thinking. “Woke up to a beautiful 7 or 8 inches of white, fluffy stuff. Wondering if the snow will keep anyone from attending the wedding scheduled today like it does Sunday church? ; )”
That last phrase really rings true. It seems folks can make it to special events like a weddings, and graduations with snowstorms, back pain, late nights and out-of-town guests arriving unexpectedly, but when it comes to regular church, the excuses fly fast and often. Rather than doing some self righteous blaming and comparing like I usually do, I thought to myself maybe there is something else going on I can learn from. Here are my thoughts. What’s yours?
- Sunday church is often viewed as routine. A wedding is viewed as a special event. While many routines are important as well as helpful, there can be a risk of a routine becoming mundane, repetitive and even boring. Events, on the other hand, are seen by both the attender and the presenters as very special moments. Extra effort goes in to an event to make it special, and memorable. Question: As leaders, what elements of an “event” can we incorporate into our regular Sunday morning services? How can we display the “preparation” that is so easily seen in a wedding?
- Sunday church attendance is often viewed as an obligation. At a wedding you attend as an invited guest. “I have been invited to a wedding” is a phrase that is passed around regularly weeks before the event occurs. In fact, it is often purposely injected in to conversations to elevate one’s value. Being a “guest” to anything is special. Being an “attender” does not always carry the same zip for the attender of the presenter. Again, routine can take away from what should be an exciting day. Question: As leaders, what elements of the being a guest can we leverage properly in our churches. There is nothing wrong with making people feel special and expected.
- Sunday church is attended as an element of faithfulness. A wedding is attended to experience a life change. Years into the future, people will remember being there when you “tied the knot”. They experienced/witnessed the changing of a way of life. Church attendance, built upon church attendance, can and should develop faithfulness. This is a very good trait and should be emphasized; however, new believers have to start somewhere, and what better place than to let them see a lives being changed and sent in new directions. Question: How can church leaders better display “new life in Christ”? Are there some elements of our Sundays that could be shaped or managed in a to accentuate faithfulness and the excitement of transformation?
So the question is… are people talking about your church ahead of time, so that they are preparing for the drive through the blizzard, to be a guest at a life changing event, for which your church has diligently prepared?
Those are my thoughts. What are yours?
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