Making church a place of empowerment.

I believe the mind shift that needs to happen in church today begins with a change to the seating arrangement.

Seating people in rows disempowers them and effectively shuts them down. We were designed for interaction; for hands-on, active learning; and for action. We operate best when we are engaged, involved and connected. Education leaders across the world are moving away from didactic lecturing models to collaborative, active learning models focussed on empowering students to learn effectively. The established church can learn from this movement.

Church in rows communicates unintended messages; “you have nothing to contribute”; “the pastor knows more than you”; “preaching is the best way to communicate God’s message”.  When we talk about church in a circle, it is a call for the church to create a new message; “You have a voice and a value”; “respectful interaction is a more powerful form of communication”; “God’s message is all about relationship”.

I am curious to see what will happen in the church worldwide if leaders decide to follow Jesus’ upside-down kingdom thinking, and give God’s people a voice, a value and an impact. I’m not quite sure how it will turn out – but I don’t think, in years to come, that we will all sit in rows facing a stage.

 

5 thoughts on “Making church a place of empowerment.

    • Hi David, we’re still in the process of writing it – nearly finished the first draft. We’d love to send you a copy once we’re done, as an e-book or a PDF, and get some feedback from you.
      Kathleen (and Kevin)

  1. Kathleen,

    I really enjoy reading your blog. My wife and I share your thoughts and experience. As a former “institutional” church pastor; simple, organic church life has been a breath of fresh air in relationship with Christ and my relationship to the members of His body. I always had trouble trying to force New Testament Christianity to fit inside my American church model box. Please consider me as one to read the first draft of your book. I would love to participate in the process of feedback. Keep writing! There are many of us who relate.

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