[sydneyanglicans.net] 4 Feb 2009--Let me tell you a true story.
A young unchurched couple went looking for a church to join.
First place they tried - their local Anglican church. They were welcomed, they enjoyed it.
They came along next week, spoke to the minister and asked about joining.
His reply (I swear I am not making this up): ‘Actually, we’re full.’ They never went back.
If this is how people looking for a church are treated, what chance does that church have of reaching its parish?
While the story is shocking I don’t think its that unusual. We may not be so crass as to say ‘we’re full’ but there are plenty of churches who have given up on mission to ‘outsiders’.
Here are some thoughts we dare not say out loud: