Are theological scientists a thing? I don't really know, but if they are-- I feel like all of us at Christ the King are those right now.
The church is changing-- can you feel it?
There's been a handful of changes in the world around us in the last year, and now-- as a church--we have been changing and experimenting right along with it.
It occurred to me this week that we are in a time of conducting a string of holy experiments. When we do a science experiment, we take a bunch of different variables, we make a hypothesis, we adapt and edit to what we think will get us the most desirable outcome, and when we implement we see what happens. Sometimes we like what we see as the end product, sometimes we have some tweaks to make. No matter the outcome, EVERY SINGLE EXPERIMENT starts with the words, "I wonder..."
I'm not going to say that EVERYTHING about our re-entry after the pandemic has felt like one big Holy Experiment, but it's safe to say that a good chunk of it has....
Wednesday worship- We've had the joy of experimenting with new worship styles. We've done dinner church in an online format, but we weren't sure what it would look like in an in-person format. Now we've had a go at it with two more opportunities this summer! Worship around a campfire-- what happens when we gather around this element for a time of song and word? Worship where we learn about something new through speakers--how is the Holy Spirit speaking through voices other than the pastors'? All of these are Holy Experiments where we are seeing where the spirit could be leading us!
Worship Technology- Let me tell you-- this is one HUGE Holy Experiment. There's LOTS of variables we are working with between the in-person technology and the livestream technology. Each week we are making subtle changes and adjustments to our recipe, and each week is leading to an outcome that is just *slightly* closer to what we are envisioning.
TikTok- We're on TikTok now! TikTok is a social media platform that is all based on video. This is a full-out Holy Experiment...will it gain steam? What will it look like a month from now? We'll see!!
So my question for you my dear siblings in Christ is this-- what are you wondering about right now? What Holy Experiments are you longing to see our church do at this time?
Will you wonder alongside us?
Peace be the journey,
Just for fun...here's a little peek at our first installment of our TikTok Experiment...