Pulling the rabbit out of the hat… week in and week out

I grew up in a church that had a Children’s Church for kids my age.  I remember the Flannel Graphs and the simple Bible songs that shaped my faith.  I remember the teachers that had full permission to bust our tails if we got out of line.   (There weren’t a lot of hover parents back in the 80’s.)   I remember going to VBS and earning enough tokens to buy my first Bible, that Had Jesus feeding His little lambs on the cover.  But once a month, we kids were escorted into “Big Church” service.  This was very daunting for a 6-year-old, with all of the “shoutin'” and “sang in” that goes on.  The upside was that the Preacher had a moment during each “Children’s Sunday” to do a Magic Trick for the kids.  This was Awesome.  I remember one such Sunday, the Preacher pulled me up on stage, and let me assist him in pulling a rabbit out of a hat.  My eyes were so big and I was instantly mesmerized that this happened.  I mean, I was right there, holding the hat.  Where did it come from?   I was hooked on learning more and the guy had my attention..

It worked!  We all have those moments, right?   Media Ministry has everything to do with this.  That moment when we try something to get people more interested in God, Church, attending a service, etc.  We make the attempt EVERY week to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat.. each and every week.  Pastor’s use illustrations to illuminate a point.  Worship pastors might use a dramatic pause, or slow down the last verse of a song.  We are telling the same story through a tapestry of illustrations some spoken and some not.    I’ve always loved this, Frances of Assisi, ” Always remember to preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words”.   Here are a few ways that we can continue to add to this beautiful story.

1)  Prepare:   Take the necessary time in your staff groups to plan for your services.  Make sure you are all on the same page and pulling the same direction.

2) Make it memorable:   Do what you do in a way that is unforgettable, and do it for the glory of God!  Make sure that the story that you tell and illustrate leads people to Jesus and make it awesome!  This isn’t about us, or about a show, it’s about leading people to Jesus.  Psalms 34:8  “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.”

3) Make it easy to replicate.  Whatever new thing that you choose to initiate, make sure that you are able to replicate the experience. Some things are just way too complicated to do each and every week.

4) Reflect:  Take time to reflect on the experiences that we hold.  What worked?  What didn’t?  What could we do better?   What area did we, “Miss the Mark”?

What would YOU add to this list?

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