Looking for a fun way to gain exposure for your writer’s group?
Why not take your group on tour!
Years ago, my writer’s group marked its first tour with a visit to a small church in my village. This was the first stop on a planned tour of various churches in the next year. More than 100 people attended the first event with the pastor speaking on spiritual gifts.
In the Bible, spiritual gifts are found in three different places
In Romans 12:6–20, Paul includes the gifts:
- showing mercy
In 1 Corinthians 12:8–10, Paul includes gifts of wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues.
And finally in Ephesians 4:11–13, Paul writes, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
After worship, two of our writers presented their testimony — specific to their gift of writing — to the congregation. They shared how God called them to teach and encourage others through their writing. The first writer started her presentation with:
“If someone had told me a couple of years ago that I would be here speaking to a church congregation and not only that but speaking about Christian writing, I would have said they were dreaming.”
Other members of the group were in attendance at the service. The service was followed by a pot-blessing luncheon where the congregation was invited to enjoy a spread of sandwiches and desserts while mingling with the writer’s group members.
At the luncheon, we set up a table displaying a sampling of books, Christian magazines and newspapers, and a collection of our own writing samples including books and specialty gifts.
On a bulletin board, we posted member one-sheets, with an alphabetical list of all the group members and our area of expertise.
A sign was posted explaining the history and mandate of our group with a sign-up sheet for anyone in the congregation interested in joining.
We are a group of Christian writers who exist to bring glory to God and blessing to our readers through our work. We meet monthly for mutual encouragement and to offer feedback on each other’s writing.
As we were an interdenominational group, we planned to rotate to each member’s church over the course of a year in a variety of cities.
Each host was responsible for picking a day and making arrangements with their home church. They also picked whichever forum best suited them and their church.
For example, one writer decided to offer a workshop to the congregation while another wanted to organize a poetry reading and story-telling time. Members were encouraged to be creative.
The goal is to expose the church family to Christians who write.
Have you considered taking your writer’s group on tour?
“…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV)
Kimberley Payne’s writing relates to raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire women to live healthier lives that glorify God.