Idea30 WORSHIPPING OUT OF DOORS

If your premises permit, hold a service outside sometimes. Jesus taught the crowds out of doors and when we surround ourselves with walls and a roof we shut out the glories of God’s Creation. Alternatively you could make arrangements for an event in a local park or on your High Street!  

Idea34 “ALTERNATIVE WORSHIP”

In recent years many new (and some very traditional) forms of reflective and participative worship have spread into mainstream church life. From Celtic liturgies and Taizé chants to silent or guided meditations, or using music and dance, art and sculpture, worship is expressed in very many forms. And many of these spiritual activities are actually […]

Idea35 “SEEKER-SENSITIVE SERVICES” or “GUEST SERVICES”

Churches will want to build periodic evangelistic events and activities into their programmes. The Barna research indicated that more than a quarter of practising Christians believe that “attending (a) church service(s) (other than weddings and funerals)” had positively influenced them in becoming a Christian. Highlights will be services of Believer’s Baptism which will normally surely […]

Idea40 AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT – CAFÉ CHURCH, MESSY CHURCH AND OTHER FRESH EXPRESSIONS OF CHURCH

For more than 20 years Christians of all backgrounds have been attempting adventurous outreach in forms which have come to be known as Fresh Expressions or Emerging Church. A Church Army study in 2013 identified 21 different varieties in Anglican churches, 12 of which are discussed in full in the earlier book Mission Shaped Church […]