. “Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all it’s flavour.”
#1 – You are allowed to sit or stand during the reading of God’s Word, neither is more honoring or dishonoring in our culture (Additional Note: Sitting is also permissible when singing.).
#2 – You do not need to sing every stanza of a hymn or song.
#3 – Children’s Sunday School, Adult Bible Study, and Small Groups are all allowed to be offered at the same time.
#4 – You do not need to put up the words to a song that the choir or singer is presenting. The words being sung should be understandable without the words being projected.
#5 – The audio and video people should be professional enough to not make the same mistakes over and over.
#6 – On the last words of a projected song, change to the next slide, we will remember the last few words.
#7 – God’s people want to know their pastors; purposefully incorporate the time to visit with them before the service.
#8 – Know the names of your sheep and visitors. Not knowing a person’s name speaks a terrible message.
#9 – Find out the situation, and/or condition of the sheep before talking about them, rather than asking the audience or the staff to fill you in while on stage.
#10 – Quit saying — “In conclusion / Let me close by saying / . . . .” — when it is not
“In conclusion” and you are not closing.
#11: Stop talking on stage to the staff and pay attention to the service, singing, and announcements like expected with God’s people.
#12 – Only offering “age defined” Bible study classes is like being forced to eat at the same restaurant while you may not enjoy that kind of food, or the cook’s ability to prepare and present it. Why not provide some options and variety!