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School violence? My church is hosting a forum about that next month.


” CHALLENGE 2 Consider one word or phrase that describes your


congregation well, then use that word to finish the phrase: “My church is _____.” Try doing this in


conversation with one person per week during the month. When you start looking for opportunities


to bring up your congregation in conversation, it’s amazing how often they arise.





My church is really good at music.


” CHALLENGE 3 Think about one thing your congregation does very


well. Perhaps it’s children’s ministry, education, music, social activism or making the parking lot available for ride-sharing. Use that to finish the phrase: “My church is really good at _____.” Again, try this one time per week with one person in a conversation. By now you might be getting the hang of this.





Check out my church’s volunteer day at the food pantry.


“ ” CHALLENGE 4


Invite one person to check out something in which your congregation is involved. This should be done in appropriate conversations when an opening


naturally presents itself—it should not feel forced or manipulated. By now, hopefully this feels more comfortable and you are more attuned to ways to bring church into your everyday conversations.


Readers, we invite you to try out these tips— whether individually or by starting a movement in your congregation. Send your stories to LivingLutheran@elca.org.


Would you like to join me at church this Sunday?


” CHALLENGE 5


Invite someone you know to come to worship with you. This seems to be the most frightening invitation for many to make. Remember, the basis of our identity as


people of God is our new life given to us in Jesus Christ. When we quit pushing that on others and simply be that through caring relationships, we reveal the love of God. And who knows? The neighbor you invited to church might just reveal something about God that you didn’t know before.


Moss is pastor of Lutheran Church of the Master in Lakewood, Colo. He blogs at daelcarev.wordpress.com.


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