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Know Who You’re Talking To

19 May

I’ve worked at several churches. Each one has been contemporary, and has had openness to using a variety of arts in the construction of it’s services. However, without a doubt, each also has had it’s own language, it’s own expectations and it’s own vibe.
It’s kind of like the chart below. The chart shows where in the US that people refer to soft drinks as “pop,” “coke,” or – the correct way – as “soda.” You can see my own personal preference clearly in the preceding sentence. Well, let me tell you – EVERYONE has preferences, and most churches are full of people that have come to a rough understanding of what their collective group preferences are. If you step into a church culture as a newbie, the first thing that you need to do is learn the language. It’s hard to lead or (especially) initiate change if no one has a clue what you’re talking about. Get to know what is – then you can get a better handle on what can be…

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