Nine questions church visitors aren’t asking (…but churches are still trying to answer)

14 Aug
  1. So how soon can I get involved with your committees?

  2. Can I get a longer bulletin—maybe something with more detail?

  3. Will you please single me out in front of all the people during worship this morning?

  4. Will you please send some “callers” by my house later and interrupt me while I fix dinner?

  5. Can you please seat us in those uncomfortable pews with our fidgety kids and aging parents?

  6. How quickly can I fill out a pledge card?

  7. Does this church have weekly meetings, rehearsals and other activities that will consume most of our family’s free time?

  8. I need more paperwork! Can you give me a folder filled with glossy pamphlets, old newsletters and denominational statements of belief?

  9. During the worship service, can someone with a monotone voice speak (at length) about all the insider church happenings and people’s private health matters? I find this so inspiring.

The questions above come from this blog post, and as I prepare to enter ‘professional’ full time church ministry in under a year as a Anglican Priest these questions grab me.

They grab me as they challenge the normal way of doing church from my tradition, They question what I would do in leading a church (generally, they are a little Americanized like the cold-callers or doctrinal statement),

Number 3 particularly stands out as an introvert who hates this forced (and it is forced!) public engagement that can takes many forms (like introduce yourself to the person next to you…).

So this post will provide no answers to these question but more a point of reference for me to continue to think upon and allow me to share my puzzlement. Do let me know if you have any thoughts or answers in the comments.

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