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Homecoming/Reunion for Church

Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by pocadots1990, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. pocadots1990

    pocadots1990 Member

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    We are planning on having a Homecoming/Reunion some time in October. I am planning on inviting the former pastors to join us.

    Do you think it would be wrong to have the former pastors and I to do a tag team sermon that day? Our SS starts at 10 and Morning Worship at 11:00, then Sunday night at 7:00.

    What I am thinking is starting at 10:30 for Morning service and have three former pastors to speak on a certain passage for 10 minutes each. Then in the afternoon, have a service around 2:00 to give the other former preachers an opportunity to speak for about 10 minutes each.

    What is you opinion with this?

    Thanks
     
  2. Scarlett O.

    Scarlett O. Well-Known Member

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    I like the idea of having all the former pastors (still living) to come back. :thumbs: Don't be surprised, however, if some of them wish to come back, but not speak. But then again, they may all want to. I guess what I mean is, be prepared for any and all responses.

    It's a very good idea and good luck keeping the team at 10 minutes each! :laugh:

    Is this a particular anniversary or just a regular homecoming?
     
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  3. SBCPreacher

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    I like the idea! Give it a try.:thumbs:
     
  4. tinytim

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    Go for it!!! I was part of an all night preachin one time, and loved it...
     
  5. PastorSBC1303

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    I did a simliar thing at a church I pastored a few years ago on an Anniversary. It sounds great to say each guy only has 10 mins. But when a guy is up preaching what is the liklihood that he keeps it to 10 mins? Every one of our speakers with the exception of maybe one went well over the time. So it is a great idea, just be ready for guys to go over their time.

    Good luck with the anniversary!
     
  6. Tom Bryant

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    We used to have Homecoming Sunday every year. It was a throw away Sunday because the church was filled with "used to be's". Many of them were still in the area but either didn't go to church or went elsewhere. Our members chose to vacation on that Sunday. It was a Sunday I hated.

    Then we changed our Homecoming to every 5 years. 2009 willl be our 100th anniversary.

    What helped the Homecoming become a good thing for our regulars was to not just talk about what the church used to be, but to spend the time talking about what our church currently was. We introduce our old timers, but at the end, I ask the greatest people in the world to stand up - our church members.

    I'd urge you to not just look back but also look ahead in your homecoming. An idea you might also want to think about is holding one service from 10 AM - Noon. That way everyone can preach and have time for lots of other things. If you have dinner on the grounds, you might want to cancel the Sunday night part so you can let the people who worked so hard to put it together a night off.

    Just some ideas, your mileage can and will vary.
     
  7. pocadots1990

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    Scarlett: This is not a milestone year for the church. I have been here for two years and there are a lot of people who use to come to this church, but don't go anywhere now. Thought this might be a good chance for outreach.

    Keeping preachers at 10 minutes, that will be the "$64,000" queston.

    We will not be having a Sunday evening service. You did bring up a good idea of starting at 10:00 and having a 2 hour service.
     
  8. Pastor Larry

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    I wouldn't do it. You could invite them back, but you are the pastor ... you preach, especially if you are trying to reach out to new folks. You are the one they will be hearing. Don't tease them (or tick them off) with someone else.

    this is why I don't have many visiting speakers. We recently celebrated our 100th. I did the preaching specifically for that reason.
     
  9. TomVols

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    This is full of landmines. You have to be careful bringing in former pastors. Some may not have left on good terms. There may still be hurt feelings, etc. And having multiple preachers for less than 10 minutes. Right :)

    If you want to have them address the congregation, that's one thing. But I;d just have one sermon. Put yourself in the role of the listeners. How many are going to remember 5 sermons?

    But that's just me.
     
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