11 May 2009 ~ 0 Comments

The Car Dealer and the Church

My wife and I are in the process of buying a car.  We’re taking our time, which is a nice situation to be in.  Today, after a few phone exchanges, I stopped by the car dealer to see what they could do for a trade in.  I knew I was asking for it, but I felt like I had to get a number from them to move forward.

The results were predictable and frustrating.  They offered us $100 for the trade in, and tried to sell me a two year old car for the same price as the same model new.  The point of my story is not so much how ridiculous the car dealer was, but that everyone I know has a similar story and I expected this kind of treatment going in.

As I reflect on my afternoon of playing games with the car dealer, I wonder what kind of expectations/stories people have about interacting with churches?  Do they come in with high or low expectations?  What kind of stories are shared about churches when a churchworker isn’t in the room at a dinner party.

My hope is that a couple of things are true about churches that aren’t true about the car dealership:

  • When you become a part of our church community, you’re going to be expected to use your gifts.  You’re not a consumer
  • The community is not trying to “get something from you, but rather help each other grow in faith and service

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