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Kinetic Church is a church in Atlanta Georgia (USA) and meets in a movie theatre.  Each week they set up everything for church and then take it down again and put it into a trailer.  One week they had their stuff stolen.  They made a really nice response that showed grace and a true Christ-like response.  Here’s the link if you want to see it.  Really cool.  They even invited the person that stole their stuff to come to their church.

The church received a donation from a local company to put up billboards around the town.  The billboards read the following:

kinetic church billboard

Kinetic Church Billboard

The term ‘ballsy’ got a lot of attention but so did their methodology.  They received a lot of accolades as well as a lot of criticism mostly from the local Christian community.

This has been discussed a lot on the blogs when it happened a few months ago.  But now I come to you with the question: what would your church do?  And it’s a good exercise to think about.

I think a lot of churches would view themselves as a victim and soak up the attention and the tragedy.  I think it’s similar to the way that a lot of Christians would respond: poor me.  But how are we supposed to respond?

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At Christian Today magazine, they (briefly) report the results from a survey into Christian blogging habits;

President of ChristiaNet, Bill Cooper, offers some insight about evangelism by saying, God provides tools for His children to not only help one another, but to win souls for the Kingdom.

But how effective are blogs as evangelism tools. I guess if small bloggers are taking the time to answer comments, then this may seem attractive for a seeker. But surely nothing beats personal contact from someone the seeker knows?

Witnessing at work is a challenge for all Christians and Andrew in the comments to my last post was very honest when he mentioned about his time in a secular workplace, and the challenges of sharing his faith.

And Caryn Rivadeneira, on the ‘Gifted For Leadership’ blog, talks of her experiences and regrets of not sharing her faith at her first workplace and of being a closet Christian. She writes:

… never once during my first job out of college did I share the Gospel with any of the people I worked with. […] [They] knew I graduated from a Christian college, went to church, and believed in God, in several years of working together that was all they knew about faith in my life. At the time, my focus was so much on learning the ins and outs of magazine publishing […] that I failed to see the people around me as lost souls in need of a Saviour.

Christians working in secular jobs (most Christians I would imagine) can often find it difficult to talk about Christianity and their faith directly with their colleagues. This can be for many reasons, including the need to get on and do some work! This led me to wonder how specifically Christians witness at work, and whether witnessing with behaviour has any effect.

I wonder about this because of a sermon given at our church recently made me think that maybe things had changed since the pastor’s generation. For myself, not being part of the office lottery syndicate and not swearing identifies me as different more than perhaps they would have in previous generations.

I wonder if anyone else has had an experience like this, where people have asked about your behaviour and you were surprised? Of course, not gambling is just good common sense, and not definitively Christian, so people would still need to talk to me to find out why I didn’t gamble.

Casino Cartoon

Topical cartoon by Dave Walker. (Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons)

Update: There is a follow-up post to this called ‘witnessing at work‘.

Church websites can be pretty bland, with all the service and regular meeting information. Of course, this information is relevant to members, but not particularly to seekers. But what better way to give the site a human feel and connect with people, than testimonies from church members. Short statements with photographs dotted around the site, is a great way to ensure that the church is clearly identified as a body of real people.

Well to make it easier, and to encourage more people to share their testimonies online (on a church website or not), Justin Carboneau has created the website sharemytestimony.org. He has also created a widget that allows a church website (or other website) to show testimonies directly on their site. This makes it simple for churches to incorporate.

From a chain of connected sites, it seems that a church in Yorkshire has seen a positive impact from putting testimonies on its site. To the extent that it has seen a number of completely unchurched visitors who came because they found the site.

Speaking of testimonies, here is one in the Guardian from last yesterday of Premiership footballer, Linvoy Primus:

“I know that, win, lose or draw, life will still carry on,” he said. “I do my job properly and to the best of my ability because God wouldn’t want me to misuse the gift he has given me.”

Found via: If Jesus had a website

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