Here’s another lesson learned from American Idol. After watching the Wild Card episode on DVR, I was dumbfounded to discover that the last few minutes got cut off due to the show going overtime. I had to do a bit of research to find out how things ended. After choosing the Top 12, Anoop Desai was shocked to discover that he would be going to the next round. He did not make the Top 12. The judges decided to have a Top 13 instead. For the most part, most American Idol viewers know how the process works. The element of surprise helps to keep things a bit interesting, keep the viewers on their toes, and prevent things from becoming too predictable. As the churches, we have become predictable. People know exactly what to expect and they get just that. There’s no element of surprise. Our creative team recently began asking the question, “What’s the element of surprise?” A few weeks ago, the team was doing a skit on our core value “Come As You Are.” In the skit, a visiting couple was prevented from entering the doors of the church because they were dressed “to casual.” The usher gave them reasons why they couldn’t come in, but this is what got me. Out of no where, the usher pulled out a tape measure from her coat and measured the length of the female visitor’s skirt. That one simple addition made a big difference. As Gomer Pyle always said, “Surprise, surprise, surpise!”
Archive for March, 2009
Looks like we have just secured our location for this year’s Eggsville. Eggsville is our Easter egg hunting experience that we hold as an outreach to families in our community. There’s games, activities, music, fun, and, of course, an easter egg hunt. Last year, was an experiment where we only had one week to promote it. Over 300 people showed up out of the woodworks! We’re planning on kicking things up a notch. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do this year. We’re going to start promoting the event pretty soon.
I’m excited about our new series, Playlist. God has blessed us with a tremendous Creative Team. They meet at the beginning of each series to brainstorm on creative ideas and how to implement them. Jackson Gabrielle has been doing a great job at giving leadership to the team. I think this is going to be a great series. As Randy Jackson would say, “We got another hot one, baby!” Playlist will be a four-week series based on four popular songs pulled from Billboard 100. We’re planning to hit Viva La Vida by Coldplay, Blame It by Jamie Foxx ft. T-Pain, Miss Independent by Ne-Yo, and You Found Me by The Fray. The team dropped Disturbia by Rihanna for the Coldplay song. Sorry, Rihanna! No offense. The most effective series designs are those that are simple and basic at the core.
This was a pretty good weekend for The Bridge. Expression was packed out and our Sunday attendance has been increasing again over the past few weeks. We also started meeting in another theater this week. Same location, just another theater. Regal Theaters are installing new 3D projectors in many of their theaters around the country. They decided to place on in the theater where we normally meet. While we were having our gathering, the Jonas brothers were rocking next door. I love meeting in the theater. We always get a chance to connect with curious movie goers. We are wrapping up our Amazing Church series. One more Sunday to go! We’ll be having our first baptism on Saturday, March 21st. I figured it would be a good idea to speak about baptism before actually doing it. Therefore, I’ve traded in taking a break on March 15th to speak about baptism. I can’t wait to dunk some folks! God is so good!