I don’t even know why we started doing this but from week one at Pillar Church we have had a Q & A at the end of the service. Usually when I conclude the teaching I open the floor for any questions or comments. About 20% of the time you can hear crickets chirping but the majority of the time some really good questions come out. Over the course of more than three years of doing this we have had two or three uncomfortable moments. There was the time when someone from the audience referenced a playboy article and the time when a visitor declared that the point of my sermon was untrue. Overall, however, the experience has been one I wouldn’t trade for the world.
Dennis McCallum at Xenos does this at the end of each of his services and has people lining up at microphones placed around the building to respond. Mark Driscoll does a thing called “Ask Anything” where he allowed popular vote to determine his sermon series. He also allows people to text message questions to him that he will answer on the spot at the conclusion of a service.
I think people have questions and I’m not sure how likely they are to get answers to the questions that we aren’t allowing them to ask.