Friday, December 01, 2006

Welcome to the 'hood

Big welcome to the ol' nanolog neighbourhood to Jody who blogs here :: The Free Radical and here :: The Genesis Blog

She left a comment on the retaurant or cookery show post that got me thinking...
This is an issue we're dealing with at church, too. Because of time constraints and people having to live their lives after church on Sunday, there isn't a lot of opportunity to process the message or connect with others. Our pastor let me start a blog for this purpose- to allow people in our community to process and then write what touched them most, or just to praise God.

The frustrating thing is that a lot of people aren't participating. They either don't want to or are too intimidated and so they don't contribute. I'm not the only one who is frustrated by this, so i appealed to everyone through the blog to at least share what God is showing them or WHY they don't participate in discussions. It helped but I think there are just some people who don't want to experience a faith community outside their comfort zone. Something to pray about.
Here's the question for my homeboys and girls in the 'hood: how do you get people to participate in all this new-fangled Church 2.0 stuff?

oh and you probably got where I spotted the SBSP clip. Nice!

Wow... this must be the quickest update ever... Bill (welcome to you too!!!) left a comment that adds to the debate...
The Church is not (or should not be) just a cooking show. Watch this and then it ends. It might feel like that when the service ends. But what should be happening is the people get to take those recipes home and try them. See if they work for them. This may not be the instant gratification that was desired by the author, but it's still valid. Ideally, everyone would be getting together in small groups, or maybe in Sunday School classes, to discuss these recipes. To talk about how it works. Unfortunately, many churches have bailed on the class idea but it's an important part. It is where community is built. That might be in a small group on Wed in someone's house, it might be on Sunday morning at the church. But it is definately needed.
Validates the importance of Home Groups and hangin' out talkin' Jesus. Thanks.

While we are on the subject, my man Roy left this question...
all I would want to know is, where would the espresso be in this church of yours?
Hmm... any thoughts?

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1 comment:

Jonathan Blundell said...

We've got a little discussion going on this at the encounter.
See what everyone else is saying and throw in your two bits.


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