In my article about how to organize church events for everyone, I talked about the behind the scenes part of the process.
This time, I would like to share some ideas for whole-church gatherings that will hopefully bring all your church members together by bridging the gap.
I have been to church events similar to the following, and I believe they were extremely successful for the purpose of developing true church community.
My Top 10 Ideas
- Have a church-wide service project.
When people in your church use their gifts together and for one purpose, it will bond them closer and point people to Jesus.
- Have a harvest party.
Harvest parties can be a yearly tradition for your church and traditions connect people by making the event into a family gathering.
- Have a barbecue in the Fall, Spring, or Summer.
Usually, people will come for free food. Once people arrive, cool connections are made while they enjoy a meal with their families.
- Have a movie night.
This one is simple. Pick a movie that people of all ages can watch.
The reality is that adults still love animated and other types of films targeted for children. I know I do.
- Schedule a 5 K run.
Whether or not you want to make it a fund raiser is up to you. But it doesn’t have to be.
Lots of people like to exercise with others—even for fun!
- Have a craft and baking show.
People can either sign up to bring items for sale or come to look at the things other church members made.
- Have a choir concert featuring the adult and children’s choir.
This serves as a morale event where church members can support other church members who sing in the choir.
This also makes the children feel part of the church as a whole by performing in front of everyone.
- Organize a talent show.
Ask people church-wide to sign up for a spot!
You may want to limit the amount of spots to 30 for the sake of time.
- Go somewhere fun!
Gather people to go to a baseball game, the zoo, a hiking trail, and more.
- Have a church-wide night of worship.
Play some songs, do skits, split into prayer groups, or read scripture aloud.
Whatever you choose to do, encourage people to build relationships.
We cannot expect to grow if we keep to ourselves.
Relationships allow for people to bless others and to be blessed in return.