Thursday, June 28, 2007

How to Keep People from Discovering Your Church


10 Ways to Keep People from Discovering Your Church

Here are the first five:

  1. Don't have a website.
  2. Be completely inactive in the community.
  3. Don't answer your phone.
  4. Allow misinformation.
  5. Lack clear signage.

Read the rest here.


Then check this out:

10 Ways to Avoid Building Community Within the Church

Here are the first five:

  1. Keep conversations short.
  2. Always sit in your "assigned" seat.
  3. Avoid new people.
  4. Come in late.
  5. Leave immediately after the service (or early).

Read the rest here.

Most of us have probably attended churches that excel in several of these practical tips for undermining evangelism and community formation - or have even served (or currently do serve) as clergy in one.

I've written elsewhere about how we in the Episcopal Church often do a poor job of evangelism and formation. Unfortunately, given some of what I've experienced in the Episcopal Church, these two lists only add an extra dimension of truth to those observations.

It may not be pretty, but there's much to take to heart here. And hopefully do something about ...

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