Welcome to this week’s article round up of stuff giving me some inspiration. Each of these articles has got some good things to say.
Coming ‘Home’: When Missionaries Come Off the Field
This one should be mandatory reading for church mission committees.
When many missionaries come off the field, churches and families don’t know what to say and the missionaries themselves don’t know how to move forward.
Those interviewed for this article represent a range of situations—decades of service and brief experiences, successful ministries and fruitless ventures, expulsion, burnout, family health issues, and redefined purposes. Despite their different circumstances, their responses were strikingly similar.
VCR Churches In A Blu-Ray World
Need an illustration on resistance to Change?
The mentality is, if the VCR was good then, and worked then, it is good now and works now. They won’t want change. They don’t change.
“VCR churches” are stuck. They like the way things were done in the church in the past. They like the overhead projector and a sharpie.
If the VCR worked back then and was effective, why change just because society and culture has changed?
What’s Your Brown M&M?
Danny Franks has a lot of good stuff related to Hospitality on his website. This gem caught my eye:
Van Halen was famous for their insistence that all of the brown M&Ms be removed from the dressing room. That’s right: one candy shell of the wrong shade was enough to give them the right to call off the entire concert, even at the last minute (and at an insane cost to the promoter).
Diva behavior, right? Maybe not.
How does this apply to your guest services? Read more from Let me Be Frank
Stop Inviting People to Church
Do you agree with this premise? I do. Bill writes some good stuff:
Unless you happen to be inviting a formerly well-churched person who somehow misses the falderal of doing church, there are few people out there just waiting for an invitation to come to church … pollster’s statistics notwithstanding.
As I’ve said before, pretty much everyone who wanted to be in church last week was in church last week. That means that everyone else really didn’t want to be in church.
So why bother inviting them? Especially since they’re unlikely to accept your invitation anyway.