Outreach magazine contacted us a few weeks ago and is planning on featuring some of the creative elements we do in our weekend services at Connexus in an upcoming issue. They’re interested in your reaction to our creative elements, and would especially love to see how they have impacted people who are new to church (although everyone’s welcome to jump in).
By creative elements, I mean the parts of the service that use visual props to demonstrate or illustrate the truth we’re talking about.
Probably the most controversial element was our tattoo segment on Easter Sunday. (People actually left Connexus over that one, but others loved it.) Another interesting Sunday was when we talked about delayed gratification and sex and gave everyone chocolate that day to illustrate the point (remember we caught numerous people who couldn’t wait until after the service to eat their chocolate?) And there have been other elements: ropes to illustrate eternity, wallet cards for doubt and forgiveness, headshavings, false medicine, handing out phone book pages for prayer and much more.
Would love to know two things:
- How did you (and your friends) react to the tattoo segment? Was it a bridge into the church for those who felt exluded?
- How have other creative elements spoken to you?
Obviously, we feel a bit passionately about using creative elements to illustrate truth. In case there’s anyone around who believes creative elements have no place in the church, before commenting, please read these texts. Then you can comment!
Love to hear from you!