A few weeks back, driving past a church sign with some non-Christian friends who work in marketing, we saw this “King sized bed” poster out the front of a church. I noticed it, and thought about trying to start a conversation, but before I could, one of my friends pointed out the poster, and said “that’s very clever”.
As we talked about it, it seemed that they were quite appreciative of the sign, and how clever it was, but when I went further and asked if it would actually make them go to a church service, there was a universal “no” response. The barrier to people visiting a church seems much higher than having a well-designed poster.
In the lead-up to Christmas, one of the churches near me had a letter-box drop that made me go so far as to walk over to their building and have a look. It wasn’t enough, though, to have me drop in and see how they were doing things.
What does it take to get a church service to a point where people are comfortable to go? And to invite others?
If you go to a church (and you like it), what do you like about your church. If you don’t… what would make you feel comfortable enough to actually go along to a service?