Is it possible that our methodology for invitations/alter calls has become antiquated and quaint at best and irrelevant and ineffective at worst? It seems to me that the way that we do this was formulated for modern thinkers, and even they have become bored and unmoved by it. Now, I don't believe that the idea of giving people a chance to respond to the message is necessarily bad idea. As a matter of fact I think it's quite a good one. I just think that asking them to simply come down front and talk to someone while everyone else sings and looks on seems kind of stupid to everyone now. What if we gave them symbolic things to physically do and participate in instead. Now, we've been doing this in youth ministry for years (or at least I have) with incredible results. Could it work for churches as well. We tried it at Palo Alto this past Sunday. We had a huge wooden cross at the front of the auditorium (sanctuary). Beside it was a small table with hammers and nails on it. They were asked to respond (to the lesson) by writing down things in their lives that needed to die so that they might live on slips of paper that were provided for them. During the singing of several songs, they were asked to come up and physically nail those things to the cross. All I can say is, it works.