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Why We Do What We Do

Our Sunday strategy is designed to inspire worship, fellowship, instruction, and evangelism in creative and compelling ways. Like the disciples, we must not be afraid to use innovative methods to accomplish our mission. Here are the purposes behind some of the methods used at His Place:

Each Sunday service opens with “regular folks” at different levels of spiritual growth, briefly telling us what the Lord is doing in their lives. In doing so, they remind us that we’re all God’s works-in-progress.

Greeting one another warms cold hearts, lightens heavy spirits, reminds the lonely they’re not alone, tells visitors they’re welcome, and draws us together as we go before the Lord.

Reading from screen-projected lyrics frees us from holding song books. This way, we can each grow in our ability to express worship physically, and use our hands as tools of praise.

Praise songs, with declaratory lyrics about the Lord, prepare us to receive the message. Then in response to the message, we sing worship songs with devotional lyrics to the Lord.

“Family News” reminds us that we are part of a family, not a crowd. And it helps us to fulfill the Biblical mandate to weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice.

Inviting visitors to “let the basket pass by” during the offering is a way to counteract a stereotype held by many unchurched visitors, that the church is mainly (if not only) interested in their money.

Creative presentations are intended to ignite "water-cooler" evangelism. They give us interesting topics that we can easily share with our friends, family, and coworkers.

Having the worship leader interact with the pastor during the message reminds us that the pastor is a “regular guy,” and greatly helps to personalize the presentation.

Projecting scriptures keeps everyone in the same translation, instantly, and without distraction. It also provides a text for those who visit without bringing a Bible.

The sermon lasts between 20 and 25 minutes. This is the accepted maximum attention span for alert lecture-listening. If you haven’t struck oil by then, you might as well stop boring!

Asking people to come forward after the service if they want to receive Jesus requires them to literally take the first step. It also gives us a chance to speak and pray with new converts.

Serving coffee and cookies after the service encourages people to connect in friendship and fellowship.