Posted by: minnow | June 30, 2008

Church Survey Continued

As promised here are questions 2-4.  To refresh your memories I have reprinted the original question below.  Please note while I have share my criticisms of how we do Church in other posts on this blog I am not meaning to use this post as another opportunity to be critical.  I believe in corporate gatherings be they large or small.  I wanted to hear from others as to what they thought contemporary fellowships were getting right so we might find places from which to build healthier fellowships.  Sadly only one person answered the original post even though several others read it.  I hope that means that people were simply reluctant to share because they did not want to feel obligated to come back for three more questions, rather than they couldn’t find something their fellowships were doing well.

Question Number Two: What did Jesus do best?  How about the Church in Acts?

Question Number Three: Does our answer to Question number Two reveal anything about our answer to Question Number One?

Question number Four: What part does/should culture play in how we do Church?

Question Number One: What does your fellowship do best?                                                                     

 A. Missions (financially support one or more fulltime foreign missionaries, frequently send groups out for long and short term mission trips, corporately give to a variety of mission organizations, recognize and support state and national mission groups)

B. Fellowship (multi-dimensional small groups, frequent all fellowship activities, after service coffee time, in-service meet and greet time)

C. Community Outreach (actively pursue the community in which you live with events, programs, and support outside your building and alongside other organizations)

D. Sunday Morning (or whatever time you meet–a welcoming first impression, a polished service, a smooth schedule, a varied program, a comfortable atmosphere, it may but doesn’t have to include: friendly greeters, special lighting, video, power points, drama, etc)

E. Preach the Word (go through passages of scripture and teach what it means or use multiple scripture passages to illustrate a through line in scripture)

F. Build (develop a network of ministry and programming that may include multiple user friendly facilities or at least plans for such expansion, raise money for building campaigns)

G. Prayer (maintain a prayer room, utilize prayer chains, incorporate pre and post service prayer into your weekly services, encourage the body to pray on their own)

H. Meet People Needs (including but not limited to: prayer with hurting people in and outside of services, meals for shut-ins, a foodbank, a prison ministry, corporately organized homeless shelter or soup kitchen volunteers)

I. Youth (all things kids–great programs with puppets, music, and art for the little guys, solid teaching, cultural relevant teen activities, and opportunities to plug-in for the older groups)

J. Worship (Hymns and choruses aren’t at odds here. Good worship can include: organs, full bands, solo guitars, special music, dance, banners, prophetic singing, art, etc)

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