Rethinking the Weekend

by Oct 19, 2022

Have you ever heard someone in church ministry say, “It’s all about the weekend”? This statement often conveys the idea that the weekend worship service is the “end all” of what a church does. At the very least, it means that the weekend is where everything else begins within the ministry of a church.

In a disciple-making church, the weekend is not the centerpiece, it is “a” piece. It is one of several pieces. It is certainly an important piece but not the only one. The weekend is a strategic part of a disciple-making church that plays a critical part in helping untrained seekers become fully trained disciples. With that perspective, let’s look at how we need to think about the weekend experience.

First, the weekend is a key step in helping the culture move into the community. With Jesus as our model, we help seekers become fully trained disciples by inviting seekers in our culture to “come and see” (John 1:39) what Christ has to offer in our weekend crowd. The weekend service can be a critical part of how a person comes to know Christ and finds his or her way into the church’s life. 

Second, the weekend must be a positive experience for both seekers and believers. If the weekend is a first encounter for a seeker, then it must be designed so that they leave the service wanting to return. That means the weekend experience must be designed with the seeker in mind. That is not the same thing as a “seeker service.” A seeker service often prioritizes a seeker’s needs above the needs of a believer.

The weekend service also serves as the place where a believer encounters God’s presence regularly. Therefore the weekend experience needs to be designed with a Christ-follower in mind. Teaching God’s Word and meaningful worship must be major parts of the worship environment. 

When the weekend experience is relevant, done excellently, and in a warm, friendly environment, both seekers and believers want to return. A genuine welcome, a clean facility, and a clear follow-up step are all great ways to make the weekend an effective experience for everyone. 

Finally, the weekend needs to be biblical. Scripture tells us Jesus made going to the synagogue a regular custom in his life. Acts tells us in the Jerusalem Church, believers, and seekers met in the temple courts. Hebrews encourages us not to neglect meeting together. Over and over again, the New Testament and the Old Testament reinforce the need for gathering together to worship God. 

It’s not “all about the weekend.” It is “all about making disciples,” making disciples happens when we help the culture step into a Christ-crowd and then into a Christ-centered community. It is time to rethink the weekend and leverage that service to be vital to the disciple-making process.

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