Driving into work yesterday, I was listening to the local news on the radio. As does happen every day during the top of the hour news broadcast, there were a few airtime seconds alloted to a sports update. Quick facts about significant games or other related tidbits is typical during this segment. Because I am not a big sports fanatic, a lot of the information is greek to me, but I still listen because the person reporting the sports news is always, without fail, more interesting than the Michael Jackson “live” report just moments before.
Then the thought hit me: What would happen if every Monday morning there was a quick report on the radio about the weekend church wrap up? Highlights from churches around the area of people’s lives being changed, kids doing better in school, teenagers no longer victims of poor decisions, marriages that are finding hope, and single moms who found a place to belong?
This idea is more of a rhetorical pondering than an executable action (or maybe not?). The real question for pastors is what would this report look like if there was such a thing? How would your weekend service wrap-up be reported? Would it change every week? What would be measured? Who would they talk to for sound bytes?
Is what happens in your church on a Sunday worth being talked about on Monday?