When people hear the phrase "call to action" they often think in marketing terms. However, making a call to action is something Churches have been doing for centuries. Churches call people to action in their daily lives every Sunday. They are called to live out their faith by action.
In James 2:14-17 it says, "What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."
Our faith in God is not just a belief. There should be action associated with what we believe. The problem is that it seems like Churches have gotten in a rut with what action they are calling people to do. Read the Bible, pray more, join a life group, help hold babies and clean up around the Church building. While those are all very important, there is much more believers can do.
For example, here are a few examples of how Churches can vary their call to actions:
- From the Pulpit, Give Options. How does the sermon apply to our lives? What does your call to action look like for the middle schooler? To the young adult? Married woman with 2 kids? When the person giving the message shares an application or call to action, make it applicable to whoever they are speaking to. The more the speaker can make the call to action as applicable to as many in your congregation as possible, the better.
- Give Bible Study and Life Options. Reading the Bible and being in community is really important. However, not everyone is going to be able to make an in person life group or Bible study. Having online options are vital for more people to attend and grow in their faith. The world is increasingly digital and online where even older generations are comfortable with Zoom and live streaming. Provide options for them to connect with others online.
- Vary Service Options. Not all serving options are the same. The more you vary your service call to actions, the better the chance you will have more people serve. Believe it or not, not everyone likes to be a greeter or baby holder. Not everyone has the gift of hospitality. However, especially in light of Covid, there are increasingly more service opportunities for people. The most notable is tech. You could have camera people, sound technicians, producers, chat hosts, just to name a few. Provide opportunities for them to serve in a variety of areas, not just the traditional ones.
As Churches we need to provide calls to action that reflect today's world. When we call them to action in real and practical ways, people will be encouraged in their faith and know how to live it out on a daily basis. Don't get stuck in the doldrums of the regular calls to action. Get creative and help people grow in their faith today.
What do you think? What are some other actions Churches can call people to? Share your ideas below or on social media.
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