The decline of civilization is upon us, Christians. But before you read about how the sky is falling, enjoy the antecedent of this story – a hilarious sketch from Lewis Black that explains everything!
Now then, the unfortunate story in question is from Denver, and is a blinding example for the need of “Writing on the Wall“. Please read and what you just laughed out loud about will have so much more meaning.
In short, the first two paragraphs (which is great because it didn’t “bury the [news] lead”) tells the entire, down letting story:
Connection Metro Church, which used its foyer coffee bars to attract visitors to its eight satellite churches in the Denver area, has decided to abandon ministry altogether to focus on coffee.
“People liked the coffee a lot better than the ministry, according to congregational surveys, so we’re practicing what we preached and focusing on our strengths,” says former teaching pastor and now chief marketing officer, Peter Brown.
This, friends, is what this blog is all about. If I was Jesus, and saw this mess, I would beg my Daddy to let that fine stallion out of the stable because I need to go for a ride (wink-wink). And you know what that means? Well, read here in case you don’t.
Any story about the Church, a church or anything in between that makes you think, “Dear God, what are your people thinking?” At that moment is when another withered hand appears, taps me on the shoulder and HiScrivener gets to typin’. Good times.
What in the world is wrong with this picture?
- “People liked the coffee more than the ministry.” Memo to Pastor Incapable and Irrelevant: If a cheap cup of Joe tastes better than the water of the Spirit, you are in the wrong line of work. I suggest you move out of the way because YOU are the reason God isn’t moving, not the hankering for some Java.
- “…says former pastor NOW chief marketing officer…” Seriously? He just switched his calling, his passion, his life’s work over a pot of beans, froth and creme? Something tells me there was never a calling to being with… just a need to be on the phone.
Last point to make is referencing this telling quote from the story:
“People complimented us about the pastries and mochas but didn’t really mention the teaching,” says Brown. “After feeling disappointed, we got pragmatic about it and realized God was telling us where to put our efforts.”