Typically, in small churches especially, when pastor raises an offering for a big church expense, folk want to see where the money went… their money. Can you blame them? It’s an investment and nothing says commitment to a church like my duckets spent in good form.

what-not-to-do-in-churchSo, when pastor Chad Thomas from Joplin, Mizzou. spent two bills on the new church sign, he thought it was a wise investment.

You know, folk could see it from the street, know about his house of worship and delight in the fact there is a “First Baptist C-H-R-U-C-H” in town.

Yeah, about that, fire your secretary. Since she is the one who let that slide BEFORE it went to the marquee manufacturer.

“My secretary was gone that day and I’m not much of a speller — it’s my fault,” he says. “I signed off on the final copy.”

What happened? Some 4th grader fresh from school mentioned during Wednesday night Bible study, “Mommy, I think the pastor needs to pray for spelling.”

And then, from this BAD flub – oh let’s make no mistake, dude is a few fries short of a happy meal – Pastor Chad got jiggy with it. When life gives you lemons, you get hooked on phonics.

The church launched an “RU Ready?” campaign in newspapers and billboards, playing off the misspelled word “Chruch.” The ads read, “RU ready to attend a great church? At First Baptist Chruch you don’t have to be perfect, because neither are we!”

Well, at least he owned that “crummy church sign” (Shout out to a HiScrivener fave). Nice. Good on ya’ Pastor.

  1. lavrai says:

    “My secretary was gone that day and I’m not much of a speller — it’s my fault,” he says. “I signed off on the final copy.”

    …What does he mean he doesn’t know how to spell church? If he’s a pastor, he must have had to write, read and say that word millions of times by now…

    I think perhaps he just didn’t look closely at the papers before signing off on it. I guess this is just one of those valuable lessons — if there’s money involved, stop what you’re doing, sit down and take it slow.

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