I believe in good, clear and creative communication and at Orchard Baptist we work hard at this. One example of this is that we usually start our services with something that is simple to understand and that is usually fun that we use to explain the theme. This then (hopefully anyway!) means that people can grasp what the service is about regardless of their age, academic intellect or knowledge of the Bible. We use a variety of approaches such as interactive games, responsive activities eg post it notes, a story, video clips etc.
When talking about this, I’ve known some Christians get upset because they think we are dumbing down the faith, but I am talking about simplicity of communication, not necessarily simplicity of message. It is incredibly satisfying to communicate something very complicated in a simple and clear way that people can understand and apply. I love Einstein’s quote ‘If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough’. Jesus primary method of teaching was parables, something simple and accessible to all but with a depth that can be explored through asking questions. He understood well enough to communicate simply and I hope we are willing to follow his example.
Some of my posts are examples of how we communicate simply and you can access these here or by clicking on links under Trackbacks / Pingbacks below.