What is Open Church?

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So here’s what I want you to do. When you gather for worship, each one of you be prepared with something that will be useful for all: Sing a hymn, teach a lesson, tell a story, lead a prayer, provide an insight. (1 Corinthians 14:26-33 (Message) [And we could add, a Scripture, a prophesy, a tongue an on-the-spot song, a word from God]

We practice Open Church periodically at RL by giving the worship team a break, putting our seats in circle and inviting everyone to speak out for the mutual edification of the body.

Here are some practical guideline for during the service: 

speak for no more than 2-4 minutes

if you have a prayer, story, insight, just share it

if you have a song, make sure it’s on the list and just start singing

if its not on the list, you could go back and ask whoever is on the slides to find it

its okay if there is silence

when someone shares something, let’s try to finish with that topic before moving on (ex. give 2-3 minutes)

if you have something for a specific person, go to them.  If it is a strong message, ask a leader to help you discern

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