Pastor Debbie's E-Spire - April 18, 2017

 The other day, we decided to try Dutch Bros. for the first time. I know, I know, we've been here nearly 9 months and just now tried it. I don't have any justification or answers, just that we hadn't been. Anyway, as we arrived, one of the gals was outside taking orders and Rick mentioned that it was our first time there and asked if she had any suggestions for us. She offered a couple and we made our order.

After we paid and picked up our order, they gave us a punch card with 9 stamps...we only bought 3 drinks. She said, next time we come back and order a drink we'll have our free one on the house. It was a cool treat and a really great way to get us to go back. I mean, we only have to order one more drink before we get the free one. Who wouldn't enjoy that!? And, why on earth would we not go back?

And then I started thinking about the church. What is it that draws people in to "try" a church? What prompts them, after maybe, say, 9 months in a new town, to try a church? And, once they are there, what might drive them to come back? Obviously, we're not in the business of mochas and lattes, though we do give out free coffee. But, we do need to be intentional about giving people a reason to come back. We want to offer opportunities to connect, build relationships, explore their faith, experience God, seek answers, and serve others. So, how are we doing those things? And, how are we helping people know about them? Are we offering a clear invitation to come back? One that's compelling?

Just like people have a choice about where they go for a cup of "joe", they have a choice about where they go to church. The old model of church assumed people went to a certain church because they were Methodist or Presbyterian or Baptist and they would likely find that same kind of church in a new town. But today's church world is a whole different place and people exercise a whole lot more choice in all of it. So, how are we helping and encouraging them to choose us as a place of worship and faith development?

 

Faithfully,

Pastor Debbie

 

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