If you are reading this and you are a pastor or worship leader then I want to ask your forgiveness on the front end. Seriously. I am not a pastor nor a worship leader though I have been a pastor before. I have never tried this nor even thought of it til now. I know that Sunday comes around every 7 days and your weeks can become quite full. The last thing you want is for someone who is currently not doing this to try to suggest some new ideas for worship. Thus, this is my asking forgiveness on the front end. Maybe some day I will pastor again. If I do I think I would possibly try these out.
Our idea is how do we help our church learn a foreign language?
Here are my "what if''s"
What about getting a translator and have your sermon translated into another language one Sunday? Warning: If you typically speak for 30 minutes you would need to cut down how long your sermon would be since the translator repeats every word you say. smile.
What if the worship leader could teach the church a worship song in the desired language? This would take several weeks but I bet after a few weeks you would be surprised how well the people do. I have heard "Shout to the Lord" in at least 8 different languages so it the words are out there. Be sure to have the slides done correctly in the other language.
Read the scripture in another language. Print it out in English and the other language.
Have the prayer in a different language. (I am not talking about tongues. smile)
If you have a printed worship bulletin what about identifying some key words in another language?
Hola - Hello
Guten Tag- Good Day
Oracion - Prayer
Amistad - Friendship
Find ways you can introduce vocabulary words to your church. Perhaps with having bi-lingual posters or banners.
Play background music from another language or culture in the foyer or community areas of the church.
What if you did a little of this each week? In other words don't just do this on a mission emphasis Sunday but do this for an entire series or make it a part of who you are as a church.
The BIG thing that we must realize in language learning is that most often it is a life long journey. We have to be learners!
Do you have other ideas that we could try?
Have you tried any of these?