May 24, 2021

Where 2 or 3 Are Gathered

Over the weekend, I spoke at two different worship services. They used the same liturgy but the attendance was significantly different. At one, the attendance was more than twice that of the other but it did not feel all that different. The reason why was because of how these communities go about their spiritual practice.

It required participation not performance.

It could be done whether 6 or 60 showed up.

To be clear, any kind of Christian liturgy can be made performative or participatory. The choice is up to those that are leading—and you are making this choice, dear leader, whether you do so consciously or unconsciously.

Jesus had this saying, "... where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them." Which might be a helpful reminder as communities continue to find ways to regather. If you need an audience, you're probably going to be waiting a while. If all you need is a small handful of people to participate, you have a lot more options available to you of where, how and when to gather.  Plus, apparently, Jesus shows up too!

How few people can you make meaningful worship with? What's that number? … Aim for that.

Seriously.

Liturgy means "the work of the people." Make this "work" meaningful for the smallest possible number. If you do this well, chances are they'll tell their friends and as things change in our world they'll come along.

It might be helpful to take a look at the Minimum Viable Community template created by the good folks at Community Canvas. I also appreciate, and find several analogs, in Seth Godin's words here.

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