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.