Shocking innovations for your church

iMonk quotes Jared Wilson's 11 innovations for your church, and adds 11 more:

1. Sing hymns.

2. Preach through a book of the Bible.

3. Talk about sin.

4. Celebrate the Lord’s Supper more frequently.

5. Have a Scripture reading in the service.

6. Transition creative content from aping popular commercials and other media to creating your own, wholly original content.

7. Read, study, and teach theology.

8. Put as much effort and resources into men’s ministry as you do women’s. On the flipside, pair up younger women with wise, older women in mentoring relationships with the same conviction you have about men being in accountability and mentoring partnerships.

9. Hire from within.

10. In promotional material, use actual photos of actual people in your community.

11. Preach the Gospel.

I’ve got a few of my own.

12. Elders.

13. Use the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds in worship.

14. Have a book table.

15. Less music. Fewer instruments.

16. A couple of good mercy ministries.

17. Partner with a third world church, and instead of going over on a “mission trip,” send a small team to find out what they need that you can provide.

18. Pray the Psalms.

19. Train up some hymn-writers.

20. Defy labels.

21. A counseling/teaching ministry aimed at marriages and families.

22. Teach the classic disciplines of the devotional life.

23. Have lots of smart ass pomotivator posters hanging around.

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