One of the hardest questions I think that a church activity has to answer is are we trying to be too much fun. The question that I believe we are trying to answer, though, is scary in its bluntness:
“Why should someone want to come to my church activity?”
Our answer to this question will say a lot about our ministry, what we think of God and the message that we have to give. What I find interesting is that traditionally the feature that “sold” Christianity was salvation from sin. Sure, there’s the promise of Heaven, and the chance to escape Hell, but when a preacher came on the scene and proclaimed the Word, people came forward, lives were changed, and a world was impacted.
Now, we have to hope that we can get a famous person to come. Or we have to stress about what activities we have planned. We’re concerned about if children think that we’re fun, and we’re moving as quickly as we can out of the lesson and to the times that we think the kids enjoy more: refreshments, crafts, game time, and openings/closings. Does something seem amiss here?
Tuesday, Michelle Potter, commented that a community that she was involved with held an all day VBS. The more I think about this, the more interested I become. If you start to think about parents sending kids with enrollment forms (relieves the pressure of wondering whether the kids will come back), different classes you could have, more exposure, and leveraging the Christians in the community you think– whew– that’s a lot of work.
But after you get over that, you begin to wonder why we don’t do this more. Partner churches together. Maybe make it more than one week. Esp if you have a church school.
Or are we just not really all that serious about reaching the lost as we say we are?