Most of us want more than a meeting (although some may not). Sadly, my church life has not been much more than that… just a meeting. The great thing is, there has already been a lot of change in the right direction. Coffee breaks, donut runs, dropping in with cookies, things that, the more I do, the more I want to do, and the more I want to be around God’s people. Once a week is just not enough anymore.
I read, Church Life: More Than a Meeting by Josh at Called to Rebuild, and it built up my resolve to work on my church life. Ironic thing is, we are starting with a meeting. Hopefully a meeting that is about getting together and going out. I’m not really sure how to do that though.
As I mentioned yesterday, several of us here are going to start getting together at my house during the week. I’ve been searching the web, and poking around on some blogs for advice and I just got some, so I want to share it.
I am opening my home starting this week for Bible study, prayer, singing, talking, eating, whatever is needed.
I kind of hope it is free flowing, and kind of a “do-what-is-needed” type gathering. My concern is that it may not have much direction and people will not stay interested.
Do you have any advice?
I’ll offer a couple of pieces of advice, and hopefully others will as well. You can take this or leave:
1) Don’t make it about keeping people interested.
2) When you meet together this first time (and maybe for a few times) talk about expectations openly and honestly.
3) Don’t think of the singing, praying, Bible study as the “meeting” while the other part (eating, talking, whatever) is not.
4) As soon as possible – perhaps even this first time – come up with something you can all do together to serve others.
5) Talk or get together with each other (lunch, dinner, coffee, movie, whatever) during the week.
6) All of this (above) assumes that Jesus Christ is focus of everything that you do (you can’t control that about others, although you can encourage it).
One more thing… if you can, write about this on your blog. I’ll be glad to link to it. Perhaps you’ll get even more (and better) advice.
Sounds like pretty good advice to me.
I’m hoping for more advice on this too.
I’m sure others have experiences and advice to share, so please comment if you can. I would love to hear it… and I need it.
(I’ve already got more advice from Jason Vana in the comments from yesterdays post. Thanks Jason.)