This Time Tomorrow
“Where will you be this time tomorrow?”
As part of our Capital Vision 2020 of equipping and commissioning ambassadors representing Jesus Christ in daily life, churches across London are seeing the fruits of asking this simple question on a Sunday morning.
How it works
Once a month, during a normal worship service, the leader interviews a member of the congregation for two minutes asking these questions:
- Where will you be ‘This Time Tomorrow?’
- What do you do there?
- What are your challenges and joys?
- How can we pray for you?
The interviewees don’t need to be high-flying professionals. It’s usually best to start with people doing ordinary work in ordinary places. Make sure you include people whose daily occupation may not be paid, such as stay-at-home mums and dads, or retirees. We have produced a short accompanying film which can also be shown in the service and is available to download below.
Why is TTT so useful?
- It acknowledges, affirms, and honours the interviewee. It tells them that what they do every day is important to the leader, the church, and important to God. It makes the ordinary person the hero – you can tell a church’s culture by its heroes.
- As TTT becomes an embedded practice the whole congregation recognises that ordinary Christians doing ordinary things are valuable to God. These stories and prayer requests become part of the culture.
- TTT creates new conversations. It gives people who didn’t know the interviewee an easy way to talk to them, and perhaps to share similar challenges, insight, or encouragement.
- TTT not only triggers new conversations, it triggers a new kind of conversation. Issues that are often considered to be off the spiritual agenda – work, futility, failure, success, relationships, mission in daily life – are validated as legitimate topics for conversation and prayer.
Develop the slot further
Task members of your congregation to interview one another, send in selfies from their frontlines or even film themselves there.
“We need to change the way we think about this bit by bit, little by little… making sure that we are regularly asking on Sundays, over coffee and in the main meeting, what we are doing This Time Tomorrow.”
Philip Sudell, Vicar of Grace Church, Muswell Hill.
“It was good to hear from one of our youngsters who is in her first year of senior school, talking about the challenges of being a Christian in the classroom. Others have talked about the challenges of being a Christian whilst coping with meetings and financial discussions at work.”
Jane Manley, Vicar of St Paul’s, Ruislip Manor.
So this Sunday could you ask: ‘Where will you be this time tomorrow?’
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