1) Welcome the stranger – Its very difficult to walk into a church building when you know no one. Its even harder to go to someone’s home when you may know few there. When a person is brave enough to make the stretch out of their comfort zone of American anonymity be sure to greet them and try to make them feel at home. Set down the I-Phone, the Tablet, the last minute tech adjustments. It will determine if they will be back. Hey, even if they are visiting and you know they won’t be back why not help them experience something unique they can take with them?
2) Do something different – I don’t want to sit in someone’s living room and watch what usually happens on Sunday morning in a bigger building. A 45 minute sermon really doesn’t fit. Be interactive. Put 1 Cor. 14:26 into action (“whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification…”). Have people pray for one another. Break bread and eat your meal together.
3) Break the mold (and the moldy) – Meet sometime other than Sunday morning!