We don’t want to set a precedent. I’m pretty sure that means, we don’t ever want to do anything different. Ever. Because doesn’t everything you do set a precedent? And why are we so afraid of precedents anyways? They’re not, like, legally binding in our churches.
We don’t have the money. Sometimes it’s true. But this gets dicey when it’s the answer to every idea. My response is usually, “We don’t have the money in the bank, but we have it in the pews.” My thought is, as long as you have people who are willing to show up on Sunday morning, and if they’re willing to support the idea, then the church will have the money.
Another weird thing about this: when a church pulls off a really big project, something they never thought they’d have the money for, there’s usually a general thrill. And, it’s counter-intuitive, but there’s often an increase in budgetary giving the next year.
Think “outside of the box.” I love the idea. It’s just time to think outside of that particular cliché. Anyone got a new one?
We’ve tried that before. Yeah. I know. We’ve all heard that before too.
What does she do? This is difficult when it’s asked about a visitor, and it’s not said in a way that conveys, “I’m interested in her life.” Instead it’s more like, “Is she good enough to be here?” or “Is she going to be able to contribute to our budget?” For some really odd reason, many churches have not figured out that they’re not the social club that everyone’s dying to get into.
Somebody stole the tablecloths. Okay. Let’s get something straight. Right here and now. There is no black market economy for ten-year-old church tablecloths, or dishtowels for that matter. If they’re missing, then probably some good-hearted soul took them home to wash them, and they got lost. Actually…chances are, the towels probably in my laundry pile somewhere….
And my least of the least favorite?
They don’t even know what it means to be Presbyterian! Right. In fact, they couldn’t spell it if their life depended upon it. A full 18 percent of college students have never stepped foot in a church before. Out of adults from the age of twenty-one through forty-five, 45 percent report that they have attended a religious service only once or less in the last year. Things have changed. We can’t just accept those who are fully catechized into our denominations. And why did we ever have that attitude?
So, it’s your turn to rant. What’s the least favorite thing you’ve overheard in church?
the photo’s by quaint handmade