How is church different in Uganda?
And what exactly happens on Sunday between 10am and 2:30pm?
Those of you who have been to Mbarara know the answer to these questions. But if you haven’t come along with us on a trip yet, let me share my thoughts with you. I am here in Uganda now with Trip 77. For those new to PCM, that means this is the 77th mission trip to Uganda.
So, how is church different in Uganda?
- There is a clear distinction between praise and worship.
2. When the jackets come off, the praising is about to intensify.
3. Usually, the dance leaders will make their way to the front of the stage.
4. Praising the Lord can involve using every body part at the same time for extended periods of time.
5. Veteran praise leaders will carry a hankie to use at the appropriate time. Color coordination is optional.
6. Worship time comes next. The pace is slower and many choirs can participate.
7. The best name for a choir is our PCM Encouraging Choir.
8. When things slow down you might notice the decorations…
…or simple messages…
…that make church understandable for everyone.
9. Visitors are always welcome in service. Even the Ugandan Army is prepared to preach and praise the Lord.
10. If you show up as a visitor, the locals want to hear from you. If you show up, our congregation expects you to preach. This is a privilege and an honor to be able to share the Word without ever having been to seminary. Take advantage of this opportunity that we certainly don’t get in America.
11. When you have a huge heart, sometimes it is a challenge for others to describe. You can use visuals and props. When you find them accurate in size, the church truly will understand your teaching much better.
12. Time spent will be over 4 hours—but honestly, it feels like 45 minutes.
13. Once you attend church in Africa, you will struggle to find something similar in the US. That’s okay, just means you need to come back. After your second visit, you are considered a church member with us.
14. Worshipping with PCM Uganda is all about being present.