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Salzypat  (Level: 154.3 - Posts: 5295)
Tue, 2nd Jun '09 12:22 AM


I'm hoping some of you who are church members and attend regularly will help me with some ideas on promoting church growth and activities.

Post here if you like, or if you prefer you can e-mail me privately at E-mail me at my gmail address if you'd like more details on what I'm looking for.

Thanks for sharing ideas you've tried and found successfull.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 2nd Jun '09 2:17 AM

Pat, I doubt that anything I could say here is anything new that you haven't heard/read elsewhere, but I'll jump in anyway because of what I've experienced.

I've been in 2 churches where more than 50% of membership was over 65. By respecting those elders, it's fun to encourage them to work with the young people - they have so much love and joy to share to kids.

I think to grow, we must bring in young people and young families.

What I've seen NOT work is ministry to kids done the way it was done for us when we were kids. I loved flannelgraphs when I was a kid. These little ones now don't. They have been trained at school (and all media) in ways that are more comprehensible to different styles of learning.

What I've seen that works is incorporating those different learning styles and use of many different kinds of media (videos, CDs, interactive computers) to help make the Gospel easier for the children to learn. And much as I love God as an adult, when I was young I was most interested in the parts of ministry that included my friends and interaction.

There's a church in Amarillo where those who are good artists have painted the walls all around the youth and children's centers with whimsical scenes from the Bible in very bright colors. It is a joy to be in those rooms, and the kids are drawn to be there with their friends.

Young parents are so used to all the programs their daycare centers have for their children, that they are drawn to a church where their children find enjoyment in learning about God and Bible teachings, using all the new media. So many have the idea that God is stuffy and a big mean ol' judge, so every chance we can teach and show our children that God really is love and joy will help build our churches.

Also, I've seen either the 2-service schedule (one traditional, one modern) or the combined music service with really good praise and worship music seems to draw many younger families. I'm a love of hymns too, but P&W music seems to allow worshippers much more freedom in their active worship. Singing joyful songs that have lyrics straight from scripture are so powerful, because not only are they joyful and edifying, they also help us memorize scripture and "hide it in our hearts."

Those are the things I've seen build churches. But it's all busy work without the most important thing - the present church members dedicating themselves to praying, praying more and praying more. In our busy world, sometimes people forget to put aside time to JUST pray to know God's will for that particular church and how He wants to lead it.

But again, probably everything I've said here might be worth nothing more than just a support for what you already know and believe. Whatever you and your church decide to do to help grow, if you'll share what you guys are doing, I'll certainly love praying in agreement with you!

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