Went to a church two Sundays back that did a pretty good job in the lobby. Do you have any idea how rare that is? No? Then let me tell you … it is extremely rare. Almost unheard of. It happens a little more often than Wile E. Coyote captures Road Runner, and a little less often than the Detroit Lions win.
Why? Most churches are either desperately friendly, or rudely cliquish. Personally, as a visitor, I’d rather have the church be rudely cliquish, ’cause when people start acting desperate, “We’re SO glad you’re here!! This is your first time, isn’t it!!! You should come to the pastor’s newcomer lunch next week!!!!” it FREAKS ME OUT. But either way sucks, and there is a non-desperate friendliness that works, and the church on Sunday was pretty close.
How’s your church’s lobby? You want to answer with words like fun, party, friendly, loud, laughter. You don’t want to answer with words like boring, funeral parlor, inward-focused, quiet, stalker-esque, morgue-ish, self-centered, night-of-the-living-dead.