Ahh, just lightening the mood after a stressful night of debates and baseball playoffs. Not sure I agree with everything Pastor Ben Reed of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Tennessee says, but man-oh-man, if I heard any of these as a first time visitor, I’d be out the door! This was featured in The Christian Post:
The “10 Statements Church Visitors Never Want to Hear” according to Reed are:
1. Our pastor isn’t normally this _____.
Insert whatever you want in this blank: loud, obnoxious, offensive, long-winded. If you have to explain part of your pastor’s style because you know that outsiders won’t like it, you’ve got a problem. Talk with your pastor about that.
2. We’re full. Sorry.
Always have a backup plan. Always. If someone sees that your service is full once, they’ll deal with it. But they probably won’t come back if they don’t see a plan you have in place.
3. What are YOU doing here?
Never say this. Never. Your shocked, open mouth reveals your judgmental spirit…at least in the eyes of visitors. When you say this, all they can think is, “God couldn’t really love someone like you.”
4. You can’t serve now…you’ve got to be a member first.
Why would someone want to become a member if they’ve never had the chance to serve?
5. We don’t believe in serving coffee on Sunday mornings.
If you say this, I can only assume you are leading a church in the pit of Hell.