The mind behind Unchurching.com, the book, and that Jesus on Christmas day cartoon, (I quite like sharing it on Boxing Day), has done a TED Talk about Unchurching. May possibly apply better to the American world – but worth a watch for us Brits as well.
Earlier today, Sofa found himself caught in a conversation about how exciting Church… doesn’t always come across as. So this evening after work, a couple of us took a quick survey of the people we could randomly find, and asked them “How would you make church more exciting?”. These are the top ten answers we got:
In door fireworks… At any given moment
Britain’s got talent style buzzers used during the sermon. Give one to every member of the congregation.
If the preacher goes over the allocated time slot… Paint ball guns…
Mute button on the worship leader for when he / she goes off on one.
The Bible reading as a dramatic 4d experience.
A gunge tank… Because they’re not used enough these days…
Certain pews are connected to a surprise underground rollercoaster. Perfect seats for visitors / Bishops just popping to say hi.
The team in charge of song lyrics on screens / handouts subtly change a few lyrics here and there. Watch and see what happens.
After the service ends – organise fort building challenges using the pews / chairs / leadership team – to help build community.