Churches meeting in 10 joyfully creative ways

Church services have typically been confined to a singular way of meeting–one man lecturing everybody else. However, as in any activity, the same-ole-same-ole gets boring. Let’s open church up to the creativity of the Holy Spirit! Here are 10 alternative ways Christians that can meet for worship:

  1. Spirit-directed Bible discussion: Read a passage from Scripture together and then allow anyone present to share what something from that passage means to them and how it touches their heart.
  2. Testimony meeting: Let the people present take turns telling the story of how they first encountered Jesus and how they were born again. They can also share what Jesus is doing in their life currently.
  3. 1 Corinthians 14:26 meeting: Each person listens to Jesus and the says and/or does whatever He tells them to.
  4. Hot seat prayer meeting: Pull out a chair and let people take turns sitting in it for prayer. Then let the rest of the group lay hands on whoever is in the hot seat and take turns praying for that person.
  5. Support and accountability meeting: Gather like a support group and let everyone answer the question: “How is it with your soul?” as people listen with compassion, encouragement, and prayer.
  6. Gifts of the Spirit lab: Pray and wait for God to begin manifesting the gifts of the Spirit through various people who are present.
  7. Open prayer meeting: Gather for prayer and let everybody present pray out loud however they are moved by the Spirit.
  8. Adoration meeting: Everyone offer praise and worship to Jesus in songs and other heart-felt expressions of verbal and non-verbal adoration.
  9. Soaking meeting: Gather in the presence of Jesus and quietly wait before Him, “soaking” in His presence.
  10. Intercessory prayer meeting: Gather and focus the prayers on a particular need.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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