Many churches struggle with what to put on their signs in front of their building, especially when trying to identify their worship service and style. Try this: “Choir Led Service,” and the time; or, “Band Led Service,” and the time. Even non-churched millennials know what a choir is, and even regular church people know what a band is. Plain spoken language wins over words like “traditional” and “contemporary,” which have little meaning in our culture.
But what about the word “worship?” Does an unchurched person have a context for that “churchy” word?
My opinion is twofold:
1. Just about everyone on the planet including me knows what worship is because we worship everything but the God of Jesus. We call that worshipping false idols. God has created us all for worship and thus we are going to worship something or someone if not God. The minute you give a person context for the word worship as it pertains to God, they’ll get it. God has woven it into creation. God is God, we are not.
2. Creation is relational, and so is worship. Worship of God in Christian community is not about the marquee in front of your church, and it’s especially not about what you put on that marquee. It’s about your church’s relationship with your mission field. If you are reaching out then your relationship with those you invite gives you the opening to talk about what worship is. And then you can invite them to it.
Don’t be afraid to use churchy words once in a while. You’ll have a chance to debrief. #invitationalchurch
Do you agree or disagree? @cathyfranciatownley