This will be a very quick update.
Starting Saturday night, I attended 5 church services across 27 hours. I’ve been to 2 different orientations (at the same school campus), a church fair with 32 churches, and all over the northern, western, and Downtown parts of Chicago. It feels just like I’m walkin’ on broken glass. Oh wait – I did that, too (walked on broken glass – read about it in this post). All part of the adventure. Now I’m pretty worn out – it’s 12:20 in the AM on Sunday night / Monday morning.
Quick observations that I have found interesting so far:
- It was difficult to locate very many Sunday night services, but Saturday night services are abundant.
- It was even more difficult to find churches with collegiate Sunday schools, but mid-week small groups (of either college students or collegian-including “Young Adults”) are abundant.
- Two of the five church messages were read (or at least outlines were followed extremely closely). Four were part of series. Two were on evangelism.
- The sanctuary at Willow Creek feels far smaller than I thought it would, at least on the 1st floor. Not exactly arena-like, in other words. It does have a double-balcony, though.
- I saw a total of five video clips across the five services.
- I learned that VW bus front windows flip out (thanks to the Steven Curtis Chapman video).
- Garmins make the whole world brighter. At least on a year-long Road Trip.
- The highways are bumpy. And yet they charge regularly to drive on them.
- In Chicago, you can easily end up late to church. Even with a Garmin.
More details tomorrow. Hopefully.
Meanwhile, later on this week (after the fourth church fair or so), I’ll post some college ministry ideas, specifically in the area of recruiting in “church fairs” and the like. How can your church stick out? Are there simple, helpful “dos” and “don’ts”? Some of you have far more to offer in this area than I do (and the Comments section is always wide open for you to post additional ideas), but I figured I might as well post what I’ve seen – that’s what this blog is for, right? [That later post can be found here.]
Thanks for readin’!