Is Your Church as Good as a Dollar Store?

I made a quick stop in a Family Dollar store on my way to work this morning. I have had a hard time finding things in dollar stores in the past, so I asked the first employee I saw for help.

She told me they didn’t have what I was looking for, but that I should try the Dollar General across the street. For a second I thought I was on Miracle on 34th Street.  I thanked her and moved on.

Sure enough, the Dollar General had what I was looking for (maybe Bono should try there). I told the clerk at Dollar General who helped me find it the story of Family Dollar referring me over there.  She replied that they do this for each other.

I walked to my car thinking what a good business practice that was; that I would gladly stop at either of these stores again.  I might, in fact, pass up some other store to bring my business to one of these.

Then God, I believe, invited me to consider the implications for my own line of work.

Would I be willing to recommend another church to someone who couldn’t find what they were looking for at mine?

Would you?

Is Your Church as Good as a Dollar Store?

4 thoughts on “Is Your Church as Good as a Dollar Store?

  1. The thing I worry about, Jay, if I send someone away, is it because I believe they can find what they need (want) at another church and not because (for whatever reason) I’d rather not deal with them as part of my congregation?

  2. I tried to tell and demonstrate to my people by words & actions that I thought we were on the same team as the other churches in town. Can’t do that when you’re ruled by fear about survival, however.

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