What do I mean when I ask the question, "Is your church boring or exciting?" Let me make clear from the beginning that I am not talking about making people feel good, getting them on some kind of emotional high, or watering down and compromising the message of the Gospel. I am simply referring to three basic elements of any church service: the speakers, music, and the worship format itself.
Let's face it, some churches are just plain boring, but others are filled with excitement and the moving of God's Holy Spirit. Let's take a look at the three elements.
1. THE SPEAKERS
By speakers, I am including all people who get up before the congregation and speak in a formal manner. This means the pastor, guest speakers, and any members of the congregation. Would you rather attend a church with dynamic, relevant, and exciting speakers or one with boring monotones? Every church does not need a Joel Osteen or T.D. Jakes, but every church will benefit from having speakers who, at least, grab and hold people's attention, and who give solid Bible teaching along with practical insights that people can use in their daily lives. By the way, many people need to learn how to use microphones.
2. THE MUSIC
Would you rather attend a church with well performed music or one with poor quality?
People are not expecting to be entertained as much as they expect good quality. Also, there needs to be a balance between contemporary and traditional, hymns and choruses, and diversity of style. Plus add a new hymn or chorus once a month, just to have something new and fresh, so it is not the same all of the time.
3. THE WORSHIP SERVICE
Would you rather attend a church service that is in a rut, with the same routine, ritual and order every week, or one that is creative and innovative, and that truly offers the parishoners a worship experience? How about a church that offers a set form of worship versus one that allows the Holy Spirit freedom to work? People get excited about seeing positive change in lives. How many professions of faith and baptisms has a church had in the last year? How many people in the church have experienced physical healing or deliverance from addictions?
A vital part of an "attractive" worship experience is the use of media to reinforce the message.
There is a reason why some churches grow. They do things that make people want to attend, a place of excitement, when it comes to speakers, music, and seeing God work in peoples' lives. Should not people be as excited about going to church as some are about football?
There is no excuse for church being boring. Make it attractive to people, then give a clear message of God's grace and redemptive plan for the non-believers, and a context where Christians can mature and be challenged to go into the world and share their faith in word and example. We must never compromise the message but there are plenty of things that can be done to draw people to HEAR the message.
What about the church you attend? Does it have things that make it an exciting place to be? Do you look forward to going each week, and would you be excited about inviting others?