I am excited to be going to the Creative Church Conference (C3) regional at Northway Church in Clifton Park. I’ve been to the C3 in Dallas for the last three years and always feel it’s so impacting for our ministry. I’ve heard Ed Young, T.D. Jakes, Erwin McManus, and Perry Noble to name a few. I can honestly say that these conferences have changed the way I “do” church.
I’ve always believed that church should be fun. That was our theme as the Children’s Pastors at Mt. Zion Ministries and now as the Lead Pastors at House of Praise we think adults should enjoy church also. It’s much deeper than that though. By using creative ways to illustrate sermons, we give people greater retention of the word of God that is being preached.
We use art, dance, music, video, costumes, decorations, give-aways, drama, costumes and games to help people visualize and remember what is taught. For example: When I taught on Small Groups a couple years ago, we called it “Honey I Shrunk the Church” and decorated the sanctuary with giant pencils, crayons, and a laundry line that had enormous t-shirts and socks on it. Years later when I ask people about it they still remember “we grow larger by getting smaller” and that it was about small groups. If remembering the word of God is your goal, Creative Sermons work!
Back to the C3 regional…Ed Young is taking his show on the road to Capital District, specifically the Northway Church. Think about it 500 leaders from churches around the Northeast meeting to learn how the church can be more creative in presenting the message of Jesus Christ. I can’t wait!