Lets Try Something Different This Week – Expression

Christians typically make everything too complex, to grand and important, we structure everything, impose rules, create guidelines and policies, we force our opinions on others, we seek for God in places based on our needs and then expect him to show up! This really needs to stop, instead of forcing him to attend our diverse portfolios of services and meetings, lets try and simplify things and invite him in our midst as we gather together. We need to shift our focus away from religiously automated programs and allow ourselves breathing room for the Holy Spirit to attend and work on us.

If your struggling from religious information overload, why not have a break and try a different approach to sharing what God is placing on your heart to equip and encourage others;

1. Gather over a early meal – (maybe a pot luck dinner) break bread together and share what Christ is doing while indulging in a feast, we all love to eat… make an excuse to enjoy some nice food together!

2.  Gather with a purpose – edify God, (truthfully and honestly) encourage and uplift one another, and seek His face in prayer and petition.

3. Gather somewhere different – doing life together requires non-meetings and gathering in different places and circumstances – as the spirit leads! Be sensitive to a place where people would feel comfortable to open up and share their story and life with you. (Note: a shared life community was never intended to just gather on a Sunday! They gathered as often as they could)

4. Gather with Christ in focus – Keep Christ as your focus and allow his spirit to minister to you. (let Christ be your topic and sustenance, don’t shift away from him.. Remember the only way we can approach our heavenly Father in through his Son – Christ Jesus)

Would love to hear how it goes! Sometimes the simplest things in life can prove to be the most important.

Hands and smiling

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Expect Innovation, Participation and Engagement

 

I have been researching the best ways to engage an audience or group and I think the formula is simple… there are two clear-cut ways of communicating a message.

1) The Puplit Bully: we are all used to this.. whether in church, work or on training courses this is the default method for ‘telling’ people what they need to ‘know and do’. Reality is that studies are showing that this actually disengages, isolates and demotivates over 90% of most audiences. There are so many different learning styles out there that need consideration, to just ‘sit and listen’ doesn’t encourage or support an attendee to get involved.

2) Participatory: usually this consists of groups breaking up and discussing an item within a presentation.. but its more than that! For us to be engaged and empowered we need to feel connected, appreciated and valued. So how do we achieve this.. a good start is to understand the learning styles of your audience and tailor your presentation to them (the audience). Make it sensoral and relevant and use a wide variety of participatory techniques, ‘mix it up and mash it up’. Be innovative and use your imagination, try new things..

We all should do “Anything to help one-another understand each other!” – God Bless, Daniel

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