Welcome, SCL friends! Have a cup of…Skittles?

I just realized Jon Acuff never talks about coffee on Stuff Christians Like, so I’m not sure how to make an SCL-flavored joke about offering you a cup of coffee. I think I’m supposed to give you Razzle Dazzles or some other type of delightful, fruit-flavored candy instead.

If you’re here from the guest post that Joanna and I wrote for SCL this morning, welcome! (And if you’re not…welcome anyway, even though you’re probably not as funny as those who came from SCL.)

I just wrote here about wrangling my two kids, six friends, and their children to Massachusetts to hear Jon speak and what I learned about church hospitality from Fellowship Church in Holden, MA.

If you’re interested in making a church more welcoming, you might like the Practical Ministry Skills guide to church hospitality I put together for BuildingChurchLeaders.com. (It’s approximately 78% less funny than my SCL guest post and 96% percent less funny than Jon’s Stuff Christians Like book. It is, however, quite useful.)

I would love it if you’d take a moment to share in the comments here about a horrifically bad church hospitality experience you’ve had (or an angelically perfect one, if you’re more of an optimist).

Thanks again for stopping by. *Cyber side hug!*

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  • http://experiencethefire.blogspot.com Dusty Chris

    I attended a chuirch several years ago and no one talked to me. I sat near the front, got the sticky "vistors flower" on my shirt and did all the things I was supposed to do. I sat there then discreetly smelled my own armpits just to make sure (they were pristine) and breathed into my hand for a breath check (minty fresh). I walked out after services and still no one talked to me. hmmmmm. I tried to start a conversation with the greeter and he turned and walked off. I felt about as welcome as a skunk at a picnic.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/miller_schloss Becky Miller

      So I'm guessing you didn't stay at that church long?

  • http://twitter.com/daniella721 @daniella721

    Becky, that was an AWESOME post! You are funny and I like you :-) I'm sure you can sleep better at night now. Also, thank you for your kind compliment after I wrote that thing on SCL. I'm so glad people didn't send hate email to Jon because of it. At least not to my knowledge.

    By the way, how did you like Mark of the Lion trilogy? (I like to call it that). Way better than Twillight, right? I kid, I kid. Seriously, those books changed me as a person. I'd like to be more like Hadassah but in reality I'm more like Rizpah. I'm constantly throwing chicken legs at Josh and say things as if God forgot to put a filter to my mouth when he created me in my mother's womb.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/miller_schloss Becky Miller

      Do you really throw chicken legs at your husband? Because that's kind of awesome. I mean, terrible.

      I loved the Mark of the Lion books…I was recently thinking I should re-read them.

  • http://twitter.com/daniella721 @daniella721

    Anyway, here's a church hospitality story for you. When we first moved out here in the D.C. area we were church shopping and decided to try out a mega church. It felt like we were parking at the mall. I'm pretty sure there was valet parking too, that's how MEGA it was. We decided to keep Charlie with us (who was 14 months at the time) because she was an extremely good baby and LOVES worship time (surprise, surprise). The entire time she didn't make a peep. After the pastor did nothing but drop big names left and right and how he's so chummy with all the politicians we decided to get up and go even if it was during the middle of the so-called sermon. And what do the one of a gagillion ushers say to us? "Thank you for leaving", with the most fake a*s smile you could imagine, and "next time we prefer you not bring your child into the sanctuary."

    WHA?????????????

    Yeah, we never went back. They didn't even have free coffee. Psh..

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/miller_schloss Becky Miller

      Psh. I gave this a thumbs down to show my disapproval of that church's actions. Facebook needs a thumbs down/dislike button like that.

  • Bekki Lagergren

    Loved the guest post!!! I laughed out loud at this line of awesomeness “I would wrestle a million hungry wild jackals for You, Jesus" But you REALLY mean every word of it at the time….

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/dewde dewde

    Good post and stuff.
    :-)

    peace | dewde

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