The members of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Eugene shares how their membership decided to focus on supporting a healthy news media as part of their yearly lecture focus. A member shares how they reached out to the local academic community and offered to bring a speaker from the Chrisitan Science Monitor to speak at the school.
The lecture committee at First Church of Christ, Scientist in Eugene, OR wanted to sponsor a lecture that would really speak to the community's needs. But first, they invited individuals in the community to share insights on particular topics of relevance to the community and their lecture. A member reflects on how this "Prayer Works" lecture initiative came about, and its fruitage.
A member of 1st Church of Christ, Scientist in Centerville, OH has been invited to speak or provide a speaker in a course at his alma mater. Over the course of the last ten years, these opportunities have been fruitful opportunities to share Christian Science and Science and Health with the students.
As soon as they had a date and lecturer for their Christian Science lecture, the members of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Barrington, IL began thinking about how they could more pro-actively support the lecture itself. Several members share fruitage from this event.
A visitor to the Reading Room requested a speaker to talk about Christian Science with a group of students. The members of 2nd Church of Christ, Scientist in Pretoria were eager to take this opportunity, and share their efforts to welcome the young people.
First Church of Christ, Scientist in Pensacola, FL is located within an hours drive of several other Christian Science branch churches. A member shares how this geographical proximity has led to opportunities to collaborate and coordinate when planning lecture events.
The members of 1st Church of Christ, Scientist in Covington see their lectures as an opportunity to embrace their community. A member shares how extending a lecture invitation to the leader of a government rehabilitation program resulted in a rewarding lecture experience for everyone involved.
Chet Manchester, CSB, discusses how a Christian Science lecture fits into the larger mission of Church, and offers inspiration on connecting with others in a Christly manner.
Shirley Paulson gives a workshop about ecumenical dialogue.
Thoughts about "responding," and several attendees share examples of responding with love and action to needs in their branch church and communities.
A panel discussion about new formats for lectures, and using new technologies in presenting lecutres.
Three panelists discuss how the Committee on Publication, Reading Rooms, and Lectures are avenues for loving our broader community.
A member from First Church of Christ, Scientist shares her hopes for future collaboration with other branch churches in the Philippines to sponsor lectures together.
When they began planning a Christian Science lecture, the members of First Church, Athens began exploring the idea of an online lecture, with an in-person component.
A church is led to start a second Lecture Fund to host lectures outside of their local community, resulting in a lecture at a Boy Scout Jamboree.
South Africa Church Alive Summit Key Note Address. Chet Manchester gives the opening remarks to the Summit.
For the Love of Church: Changes that Work. The inspiration and experiences of First Church, Mountain View, California.
Chet Manchester, the President of The Mother Church, and Madelon Maupin, Bible scholar and lecturer, discuss the roots of the Christian Science church. This discussion is titled "The Soil of Church Growth: Movement of the Spirit."
Jason Marsh looks at the Christian Science culture and the balance of Love and Principle in our church activities
Short excerpts from performances by the youth attending the South Africa Church Alive Summit
A lecture "A Conversation with Mary Baker Eddy." by Chet Manchester and narrated by Chet Manchester and Anne Early
Building community through Bible study: Session II (Madelon Maupin at the NorCal Summit)
Building community through Bible study: Session I (Madelon Maupin at the NorCal Summit)
A branch church located near the White House and Capitol Hill organized a lecture to support government and government employees.
The two churches in Munich have teamed up to co-sponsor and organize lectures together. Watch and listen as members share how this collaboration has worked, and the fruitage they have witnessed.
Four Christian Science branch churches in Berlin have begun working together to coordinate and create a schedule of church events and activities that can be shared with the community.
A lecture committee commits to holding three lectures in South Africa.
Responses by Frank Prinz-Wondollek and Dave Stevens. "What came immediately to me in response to this question is: What a wonderful opportunity to offer a lecture on progress and unfoldment! Inviting people to a lecture is about sharing our joy, our love, and our healings with a world yearning for solutions."
Third Church,Grand Rapids is committed to holding lectures that reach out to their broader community.
A lecture is a church’s gift to the community of a fresh perspective of the Christ idea.
A church invites other congregations to a lecture block party to learn more about Christian Science.
A church reaches out to neighboring congregations with a lecture to create community and understanding.
A church invites other congregations in their neighborhood to a spiritual feast.
Week 72: "I know of several branch churches that are having a hard time staying afloat. Mine in particular is considering cutting back on key activities, for example, not holding a lecture this year or reducing Reading Room hours. I know we need to be practical, but this seems like a step in the wrong direction to me. We should be making this demonstration of supply! Maybe this isn’t really a question, but I’m just looking for ideas."
Responses from Evan Mehlenbacher and Stephanie Johnson. When a branch church is faced with a declining membership and dwindling resources some deep soul-searching about what priorities are important to pursue, what unproductive activities should be stopped, and where attention should be focused to demonstrate growth can be very healthy. But above it all, it’s useful to remember that God provides freely and abundantly every resource needed for that branch to prosper.
A church broadcasts a lecture from a college campus online, reaching hundreds of viewers.
Panelists draw from their experience and share useful ideas for successful lectures
A short-format lecture by Mary Alive Rose, CS (previous recording of the same talk given at the NYC Summit)
Responses by Tim Myers and Michelle Nanouche. More than meeting a requirement, lectures bless those that plan, sponsor, and attend. Because of your expectation of good results, I have to assume your church is giving fresh eyes to the lecture work, and approaching it with prayer before, during, and after. So if, with all that, you aren’t finding even a trickle of interest in your church, is there something wrong? Not necessarily.
When a lack of funds tried to limit lectures, church members found abundant blessings.
Church members at 17th Church Chicago wanted to offer a healing response to the problem of violence in their community. Watch and listen as members of two churches share how they teamed up to host a lecture, and hear fruitage from the event.
A church member shares healing fruitage that came as a result of the joint lecture hosted by 2nd and 17th Church in Chicago.