6 Events That Made Me Ask “Why Can’t A Church Do That?”
“Brian, we are ignoring fellowship!Â When you look at how popular community eventsÂ have become, why is the church ignoring this?”Â
This pointed question was asked of me recently by an incredibly effective church leader.Â After speaking with him, IÂ became keenly aware of what my community was doing to create a sense of belonging and bring people together.
- Saturday evening I drove by Starbucks and dozens of people were surrounding the building.Â After closer inspection, IÂ discoveredÂ myÂ local coffee shop was hosting an art show.Â As part of the festivities,Â dozens of artists were doing live paintings.Â I thought, “Why can’t a church host an art show?”
- Last month, I drove by a grocery store and the parking lot was full.Â Â ThousandsÂ of people were inÂ attendance.Â A classic car show was taking place.Â Â I thought, “Why can’t a church host a classic car showÂ in their parking lot?”
- Earlier this year, I was driving home from work and got stuck in traffic for an event called Taste of AlpharettaÂ (Ga).Â This event allows the community to sampleÂ appetizers, entrees and desserts from the top 50Â restaurants in town.Â I thought, “Why can’t Fellowship Bible Church (my home church) for example host Taste of Fellowship?”
- The city of Acworth (Ga) recently hosted a low-key community picnic with a live band, a few inflatablesÂ and water slides.Â Â Over 800 people showed up!Â I thought, “Why can’t a churchÂ host a community picnic with a band, a few inflatables, and water slides?”
- Festivals areÂ incredibly popularÂ in Georgia.Â Whether it is the Cherry Blossom Festival or the Big Shanty Festival in Kennesaw, Ga which attracts over 10,000 individuals annually, these events have become “the spirit of our community”.Â I thought, “Why can’t a church put on a series of festivals and become the spirit of their community?”
- This past week IÂ drove ontoÂ a church property for a scheduled lunch with the pastor.Â Â Several hundred cars in the parking lot.Â Â The church was hosting a major realty company’s quarterly training event.Â As the pastor told me, “Brian, weÂ are proud that our sanctuary has becomeÂ the gathering place for the business community during the week.Â When those realtorsÂ are asked by peopleÂ purchasing homes, ‘Do you know any good churches in the area?’ Who do you think they are going to recommend?”Â I thought, “Why can’t all churches open their facilities to the business community during the week?”
That church leader mentionedÂ at the beginning of this postÂ closed our time together with two thoughts:
- In our current economic environment, people cannot go out-of-town like they once did.Â They are looking for options within their communities.
- Churches need to “intentionally push fellowship” because people are dying for it.
Art Exhibits.Â Car Shows.Â Food Tasting Events.Â Community Picnics. Festivals. Engaging the Business Community.Â Â Why can’t a church do these type of things to intentionally push fellowship and reach their communities?Â The truth is that they can.
Pastors and church leaders, whatÂ are you doing to intentionally pushÂ fellowship and serveÂ your community?
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