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5 Tips for Leading the Commuter Generation

3. Allow For Alternative Meeting Times. 

For too long my church operated on the take it or leave approach to ministry.  We offered one time of worship and one time for Bible study saying in so many words take it or leave it.  Instruction and relationship building activities that lead to growth and maturity can take place at other than traditional times.  Our church has several men’s accountability groups that meet at various times during the week.  One group meets at 6:00 a.m. on Monday morning every other week.  They asked if I would like to join them.  I said, I’m not sure even God is awake at 6:00 a.m. but you go right ahead.  Our church has ladies Bible studies that meet during the week that attracts many young mothers. 

Alternative times for Bible study for Christian growth allows for people’s schedules.  In our generation our churches need a shopping mall mentality.  Offering a variety of options and choices to meet the various needs of the people in one’s community will only strengthen the church and its members.  The church building should be open for business at all times, not just a few hours a week.

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Presently Rick Ezell is the pastor at First Baptist Church in Greer, South Carolina. Rick is a consultant, conference leader, communicator and coach. He is the author of six books, including "Strengthing a Pastor's Soul."