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TTT: This Time Tomorrow

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Suggested frequency: Monthly
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Author: hope
Published: 22/09/2015

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During a normal Sunday worship, perhaps once a month, the church leader interviews one of the congregation for two minutes. They ask the interviewee a few questions about their daily occupation, about what they will be doing TTT- 'This Time Tomorrow'. The questions can be as simple as 'what do you do' or 'how can we pray for you?'

Usually, it is best to start out by interviewing people who work in ordinary places. It is also important to include people that don't get paid, such as housewives, retired people and unemployed people.

This simple practice tends to have a range of transformative benefits:


  • It acknowledges, affirms and honours the interviewee. Saying what they do every day is important to the leader, important to the church and important to God.

  • The whole congregation recognises more deeply that ordinary Christians doing ordinary things are important to God, even if some people don't get to share at the front. These stories and prayer requests become part of the way the church does life together.

  • TTT creates new conversations. It gives people who didn't know the interviewee an easy way to talk to them, and perhaps a chance to share similar challenges or pertinent insight or encouragement.


After you have done the interview, you could consider asking others who share the same issues or pressures as you to stand, so they can also be prayed for. You can yourself be creative in the way that you do the interviews. One church arranged for members to use a small video camera to record their interviews in their workplace: this helped people understand each other's everyday contexts much better.

Provide an opportunity for people to report back in future services, on how the congregation's prayers have been answered.

Rationale

Members of the church will be able to gain a better understanding of each other through this process. TTT triggers a new kind of conversation. Issues that are often considered to be off the the spiritual agenda (work, futility, failure, success, daily relationships, mission in daily life) are validated as legitimate topics for conversation and prayer. Work is then seen as a mission field, and an opportunity to share faith with others.

Outcome

People are supported, workplaces are prayed for, awareness is raised of each persons role in mission during their everyday lives.

This idea can be found on page 138 of Hope Heartbeat ©2013 HOPE08 Ltd. For more ideas, Hope Heartbeat is available for purchase from the website above.

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