Radical hospitality…or not!

Posted: June 21, 2013 by efenster in Ideas, Uncategorized
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Peerless Cleaner's billboardA new billboard went up in town this week.  The business’s message says, “If we’re not near you…  Move!”   Hmmm.  I read it again.  Yes, it did say what it said!  Basically, “We’re here.  We won’t attempt to make it more convenient for you.  You (customer) have to come to us on our terms, or too bad!”

I began thinking about the messages our churches send out to the public.  I have heard numerous times churches making comments like, “Our worship times are posted on the sign outside our church and our doors are open, so if people want to come, they can come.”  Not exactly radical hospitality!

On the other hand, I was just at a United Methodist church this week, Robinson Chapel, that had a big sign out in front saying, “Soccer Families Welcome!”  The church lets the city parks department use its large grassy yard five nights a week for soccer, football and other sports for young children.  The church, led by its pastor, Rev. Jill Wright, goes one step further.  It provides free popcorn and bottled water for the hundreds who pass through each week.

Now that is radical hospitality!  What about your church?

— Ed Fenstermacher, Associate Director of Church Development


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