From "BRINGING" to Becoming

Just received an email from Pastor Ellis Hayden with a couple of his ideas he is working on as they move persons from the street to the seat.

Here they are.

Family Film Night

Here is something that is working for us this summer. We are having a Family Film Night on the last Sunday evening of the month. Inspired by the response of our congregation to films like “The Passion” and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” in which we rented a local movie theater for a showing.

Then last fall, we showed the “Facing the Giants” film at our church with great response.This Summer we have shown “Flywheel” from the producers of “Facing the Giants.” In coming months, we are showing “The Last Sin-Eater” based on Francine Rivers novel., Amazing Grace, the story of a British Parliamentarian inspired by John Newton to battle to end slave trading.

We go all out with snacks, trailers shown during announcements of services and childcare for parents of small children.There are some good resources available…google Christian movies for distributors. We are considering continuing beyond the Summer months.

Two quick Ministry ideas as School starts:

1. We do an annual “School Supplies Round Up” for the elementary schools. We get school supply lists from the schools and ask our church family to donate supplies or money to purchase supplies. These are used to supplement the needs of children unable to afford them. It is greatly appreciated.

2. Each year, before classes begin, our church hosts a “Gladewater ISD Appreciation Luncheon” for the faculty, administrative and support staff of the schools. We feed approximately 350 teachers, administrators, coaches, secretaries and custodians a meal of grilled hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans and dessert. It is great for the church and gives us an opportunity to introduce church to new personnel. We make church information available and hand our Prayer Request cards to be filled out. Each year the School Superintendent’s Office calls us to find out when we are planning to do it so they can get it on their calendar.


I’m looking for your ideas and photos for StS.


Communication Ideas
photos/.pdf docs of your communication pieces, signage around your campus, kiosks, tv screens,displays, information centers, etc…

Connection Ideas
photos of your target audience, volunteers serving around the campus as greeters, ushers, traffic, information centers, campus cleaning, etc…

Consistency Ideas
photos of persons serving in first impressions that you’d like to spotlight and why you think we should spotlight them on our blog.

Classification Ideas
photos/.pdf docs of what you are doing for new believers, membership classes, communion, small groups, service, evangelism and spiritual growth steps.

Send us your photos and ideas and we’ll begin highlighting your church for everyone to celebrate with you in what you are doing.

Remember to include your name, church name, city, state, and your position on staff or in the church. Your web address would be great to have as well.

Creating a “coaching network” if you will. Learning together to make a difference in the world.

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