Making Memory

by | Sep 26, 2016 | Featured, ministry

What happens after you grab people’s attention?

Last month on this blog, I wrote a post about the challenges of discipling through the distractions and how today especially, God is using our eyes to awaken our ears. But what if we take it one step further? Do you ever wonder if grabbing people’s attention is enough?

Because grabbing attention is one thing, but we forget. So, along with awakened ears, we are a people who always need to remember.  We just forget.

We need to remember what God has already done for us. We need to remember the promises of God. We need to remember that God is still active. We need to remember all the ways that God has powerfully acted in the ins and outs of our lives, — FOR US. As leaders, we often think our job then, is to keep reminding people. But what if we harnessed the most powerful of our senses to naturally help people remember God’s story?  What if people could easily remember their ROLE in God’s story, and naturally make God’s story their own story?

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Dr. Rodger Nishoika, the new Director of Adult Education at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS reported to me just this weekend that his church recently translated their mission statement. They had spent a long time crafting it in committee and chose the words so very carefully. Then it went the way of most mission statements: No one used it and no one remembered it. They wanted to do something about that, so they translated it into a series of images that they blew up and hung in their narthex. Not only that, but they regularly switched out the images–and people got mad when their favorite image disappeared for a season.

No one said anything when the words of the mission statement disappeared.

The leadership of Village Presbyterian checked it out, and people remember their mission now. Why? Because the images have connected their heads and their hearts.

Our Visual Faith Project is not only testing out the power of pairing images and Scripture throughout this fall and winter in our nine Research Congregations, but we are also asking questions about making memory. Our initial hunches tells us that the lack of visuals in our preaching and teaching is a part of the reason that our churches struggle with commitment and engagement. We’ll be looking at that directly with churches who are going to explore what it means to go beyond grabbing attention or sharing information, to make memory.

Psalm 77

I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;
    I will remember your wonders of old.
12 I will meditate on all your work,
    and muse on your mighty deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is holy.
    What god is so great as our God?
14 You are the God who works wonders;
    you have displayed your might among the peoples.
15 With your strong arm you redeemed your people,
    the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

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