> First finger: Meeting people at their point of need…
> Second finger: … on a regular basis…
> Third finger: … in your community…
> Fourth finger: … to build relationships…
> Thumbs Up: … that lead to WITNESSING OPPORTUNITIES!
But if you read this and don’t do anything with it, it’s totally useless. Here are a few ideas to incorporate this five-fingered-approach-to-handing-someone-the-gospel in your community with your worship ministry:
- Adopt a community theater. Enlist worship ministry members as volunteer ushers for shows. Provide food for cast and crew for rehearsal evenings when they come straight to the theater from work.
- Adopt a museum. Worship ministry members sign up to serve as volunteers for children’s programs, family days, or story-telling festivals at local art, history, or natural history museums.
- Adopt a public school music program. Assist your local public school music teachers by providing volunteers, sound equipment, spotlights, risers, or other needs.
- Present concerts in public venues on a weekly basis each summer. Feature your worship groups and individual artists. Train your church members to begin casual conversations that can lead to relational witnessing among the audience. Face painters and balloon artists can also provide a witness to Christ.
- Plan a mission trip to your own community for your music and arts groups of all ages. Spend mornings and afternoons in construction work, music camps, sports camps, or mission Vacation Bible School in a nearby apartment complex or mobile home park. Arrange concerts in the evening in the same locations where you have served in the mornings. Train your team in personal witnessing for every situation encountered there.
What does your worship ministry include: praise band, worship choir, praise teams, ensembles, senior adult choir, instrumental groups, children’s choir, handballs, soloists? Every group in your worship ministry can be assigned an ongoing mission opportunity in your community. Hopefully, the above list will start your creative thinking. But again, if we don’t develop a specific five fingered plan and put it into action, it is of no use!
Let’s start a music-arts mission movement that moves us where spirit and truth are at work, igniting worshiping disciples to be on mission in our communitites. Let’s move out to the places where God has been all along. — Mark Powers
McNeal, Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregational Church, 22–23.