My church recently decided to create a series of talks in a similar format to reach out to people in our community.
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Published on: 04-01-2020
Many are familiar with TED Talks, the influential videos from experts on such topics as science, business, education, and technology. These lectures are creative, inspiring, and motivating. And because they’re short and relevant, people listen.
My church recently decided to create a series of talks in a similar format to reach out to people in our community. We called our program Tea and Talk and began inviting friends and neighbors to join us once a month for fellowship, a presentation, and good food (necessary in any social encounter in Mediterranean countries!).
When our guests arrive, they receive a warm welcome. Live music plays in the background as they visit with old friends and make new ones. As they chat, they sip hot herbal tea. They even have the option of decorating their cups and entering our “most beautifully decorated cup of tea contest” to win a prize.
When it’s time for the presentation, we invite our guests to join us in sitting in small groups around a table. The topics range from family, friendship, health, lifestyle, and social issues to the beauties of the universe and emotional intelligence. At the conclusion of the talk, they can participate in group discussion, meet the speaker, and enjoy a variety of plant-based juices and snacks.
Before our friends leave, we give them a present—a book related to the evening’s presentation. And we give them an opportunity to evaluate the program and make suggestions for upcoming talks.
Tea and Talk has helped our church members follow two important steps in Christ’s method of ministry: mingling with people and winning their confidence. When they’re ready, we invite them to the next step, which is joining a small group.