Alpha Tips: Watch Your Language
It is easy to allow talk about church related topics to creep into our courses. How do we avoid it?
- Look at what you do and say with a critical eye toward the seeker audience and adjust accordingly.
- Invite your Leaders and Helpers to critique what is said from the front, in the small group discussions, and ways your course is promoted, to look for church language.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal where you need to improve.
Some real life conversations that have happened (noted for illustration only, not to be duplicated):
- Laugh at yourself! We all talk another language the world doesn’t get when we are with each other!
- During the first week meal with a table full of guests, one Leader says to the Helper, “I can’t believe that politician calls himself a Christian when he is pro-choice!”
- One Leader to another Leader (in front of a much prayed for and reluctant guest), “Gee, everyone you prayed for to come on the course is here!”
- One Helper to guest, “Do you go to church much?” Guest responded, “Not very often.” Helper replied, “You should come here next Sunday, our preacher really knows how to use his Sword and get people fired up about Jesus!”
- Communicating with non-church language helps the guests understand what’s being said while breaking negative stereotypes of Christians. Let’s all try to be better at "watching our language!”