I Kings 6:7 – And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer not axe not any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was building.
This church Solomon was building was equal to none. There has never been a church built before or after, that could come close to comparing with this church. It was the best. I still think God’s church should be the best. Why work so hard in corporate America, and then just throw something together for God?
The presentation we put before guests should be second to none. From the moment the guest walks into the church, there should be a seamless feel to their experience. The planning, programming, and personnel, should all be top notch.
Solomon built his temple by formatting, fitting and finalizing everything before actually putting the temple together. When it came time for everything to come together, there wasn’t hammering, clanking of iron, or tools used. Everything was prepared in advance. Seamless.
When Sunday comes, and by the way, Sunday is always coming; we need to have everything perfected in advance. Every greeter, usher, sunday school teacher, singer, preacher, etc., must know his or her place in the service. Materials must be finalized. Presentations completed, and personnel trained and ready.
God deserves our best. When guests come in on Sunday, they are going to experience us, before they ever experience Jesus.
Examine your execution:
- How do you present Jesus?
- Are you running around last minute getting things ready?
- How about your personal presentation?
- Do you look nice and smell nice? This may sound nit-picky, but again, we are representing Jesus.
- How well trained is your team?
- How clean is the church?
- Can the guests navigate the church well?
- Are there some things we should remove, so the message we are presenting is clearer?
- Are there some people you should replace, because they aren’t taking their responsibilities serious enough?
- Are there some people who just need to be reignited, so they can do their job to the best of their ability?
- How much last minute hammering is going on in your department?
- What is a better time during the week to hammer this stuff out so there isn’t chaos on Sunday?
- What personnel just don’t fit in your department?
- In what other department would they make a better fit? How much reformatting are you doing during the week so that your department is better than last week?
- Are there some books you could study, or other churches you could observe, to perhaps give you an idea you could incorporate?
- Would you describe your church as “exceeding magnifical”(I Chronicles 22:5)?
- Would the sitting of the servants, the attendance of the ministers, their apparel, the meat of the table, and the happiness of the people overwhelm guests? (I Kings 10:5,8)?
When it comes to our presentation of the gospel, I don’t think we can take it too serious. Our look, and feel all matter incredibly; every detail matters.
What can you do this week to make this Sunday’s service seamless? What details could be hammered out in advance? Maybe your Sunday responsibilities should get hammered out on Tuesday, refined on Wednesday, finalized on Thursday, and executed with honor on Sunday.
There are a few things ConnectPoint can improve on – but we have great team leaders at the helm of every change. One of our core values is excellence. I believe God deserves the best and so does a lost world.