One of the best things about going to church is that there are events where we can meet a group of like-minded people. Some of these events help us grow in our faith, some allow us to serve our neighbors, some help our children learn, and some give us food and fellowship that we can savor.
But we often think, “Man, this is way overdue!” that we participate in church activities, whether in service or during the week. It’s time to take a stand.
Let’s get rid of events that prevent our church from growing. Let’s find prosperous events and stoke the proverbial fire. Let’s get rid of the old, introduce the new and start today. Here are some church activities we need to consider throwing now.
Do you still have a Christmas lunch just because Betsy Ross was the committee chair for the inaugural event, even though the pastor’s wife is the only person attending? So many churches cling to declining (and already dead) activities. Why? Because “it’s always been something we do”.
Here is the problem, however: when we refuse to reduce withering events, we take time and resources away from flourishing activities and ministries. However, don’t just cut everything that started before the turn of the century. Something popular 10, 50 or even 100 years ago can still be a hit today. You should always seek out and listen to feedback and make decisions accordingly.
Offering prayer at the front of the sanctuary.
As you close the service, your pastor signals the prayer team to come forward informing the congregation that these people standing in front of the entire church are willing to pray with anyone. See how that could deter someone? It takes a person to find the courage to walk to the front of the church where everyone can see. Not exactly the best idea for something as personal as prayer.
So let’s reverse the scenario: instead of people walking in front of the church, ask people who need prayer to remain seated. Ask members of your prayer team to seek them out and pray quietly. If this is not possible due to closing times for services, you can at least give the person in need a little more privacy by creating rooms in the church where people can pray and keep belongings. personal personal.
Having parents up on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
It’s incredibly nice for your church to want to recognize parents on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. We can all admit our admiration for all that parents do.
Unfortunately, there are so many couples who struggle with infertility. Some couples have lost a child and some single parents have limited or no custody of their children. These are all pains that can be deep. So while some parents stand to receive the applause of the congregation, others seated next to them can choke back their tears.
The solution? Ignore the mother or father based sermon and congregational recognition. If you still want to honor parents, have the children make a crafty gift in children’s ministry to give to their parents at home.
Bible studies to complete.
Studying the Bible with a group of people is a great way to strengthen your community and expand your knowledge of God. But there is a considerable difference between building your knowledge and the relationship. When we consider our relationship with God, we want to create a friendship more than a fandom. So how to solve this problem? Get rid of the exclusive Bible studies to fill out and start pursuing both the head and heart aspects of having a relationship with God.
Singles gatherings filled with non-singles.
It’s great that your church has a ministry for singles to come together with others at the same stage of life. It’s not so good when a church singles group is full of married people. No, it is not a decoy intentionally made by a church. Singles start in the ministry, invest in it, make friends and don’t want to leave the ministry, even when they are married.
Single life is very different from married life in significant and empowering ways. Although there should be a community between the two stages of life, it can be very beneficial to have a unique ministry in the church (as long as that is really what it is).
Awareness that does not serve your community.
Outreach is an essential part of the church. But do you know what else is vital? Understand the community you serve. All the churches in our community are the body of Christ. Not all churches can be an arm, and not all churches can be a leg. So take stock of the needs of your community, pray to know where God would like you to serve, and see who in your church can help you.
Events for moms that only take place during the day.
Motherhood is difficult. So what better for your church to offer than a support group of like-minded women who are also doing their best to meet the challenges of being mothers? But the problem is that working mothers are often excluded from these groups.
A weekday morning might work best for most participating moms, but your church needs to find a way to meet working moms where they are. You can offer two different meeting times, one of which includes after hours. Additionally, you might consider doing something for moms once a month (childcare provided). We need to support each other as we raise God-seeking families.
Going to church is more than going to worship on Sunday. Church is a place where you can find community and come together with like-minded people to fellowship and build relationships. However, some church activities have passed their time, but we continue to participate. Maybe it’s because we’re comfortable, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. However, sometimes it takes letting go for the church to grow.