07 September, 2005
"Why Should I Want to Go to Your Church?"
This morning I received a phone call from a woman who was looking for a new church to attend. Circumstances were such that she needed to find a new church, and when she explained the situation, I agreed with her. I receive similar phone calls to this all the time, and she began to ask me the usual questions about our church such as:
What is the average attendance?
Is the service contemporary or traditional?
Does the church follow a liturgy?
Do you have anything to offer my kids?
Do you have an organ or a band or what?
But then she hit me with the bomb. She asked, “Why should I want to go to your church? What would make me pick your church over another?”
I was taken back a little, and knew I needed to be careful with my words, because I did not want to sound critical of another church.
I will not give you my response to her just yet.
I’d like to hear what others have to say about this. Of course I am looking for some responses from the people I pastor, but I’d like to hear from others out there too.
What would you say to someone asking you this question?