Starting an “Alt Worship” Service

Posted on September 18, 2008

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“I would suggest working with your leadership to distribute an informal survey during services/gatherings for this purpose. Find out what makes people get excited in life. Now, granted, there may be folks that come back with “real estate” or “fishing” or “NBA” as their answers, so in the survey make sure to ask questions which give you a sense of “who they are” in the community. Not “what their job is” but “what part of the body” they are. Then, out of those returned surveys, assemble a group that has the MOST VARIED PASSIONS and help facilitate a BRAINSTORMING SESSION about what they dream “a service” could look like. Ask them how their passion could translate into a portion of the service. Ask them what their biggest concerns are. The meeting is not to “address those concerns,” but only to capture the dialogue and give people a voice. So, the goal is not to have just the “obvious worship types” be a part of the discussion but to involve everyone. Don’t forget to include the ones who are never included. If you have female members, BE SURE TO INVOLVE THEM. If you have older members, BE SURE TO INVOLVE THEM. If you have younger members, BE SURE TO INVOLVE THEM. If you have poor members, BE SURE TO INVOLVE THEM. If you have argumentative members, BE SURE TO INVOLVE THEM. Collect all the notes, record the meeting, and pray for God’s guidance with your leadership. This is assuming your leadership is down with the idea.”

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