Participatory church is like volleyball — full of action. The living Jesus Christ freely moves around the room and prompts individual people to respond to Him, releasing love, faith, passion, trust, confidence, belief, joyful smiles, and a sense of family through out the room!
We try to teach children to take turns . . .
So why don’t we take turns in church meetings?
Perhaps churches have a “duty” to let people participate in their services. Catherine Booth (co-founder of The Salvation Army) thought they did. Here are her words:
–“Give me man, woman or child, with the Holy Ghost, full of love and zeal for God, and I say it is a great strength and joy to that convert to testify in the church, and it is the duty of the church to give him the opportunity to do so.” —Catherine Booth
Come and see if these things be so!
–See if the living Christ, Himself, can lead a church service (without a human program), by prompting various people to speak.
–See if participatory church releases an amazing awareness of God’s presence.
–See if people of various racial and socioeconomic backgrounds can show heart-felt love for love for one another.
* See For Yourself * every Sunday @ 10:45 am., 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207 @ The Salvation Army Berry Street.