They’ve been telling us that to grow our churches we need to start in the parking lot; that we should reserve special parking places for visitors; that a parking team is not about ‘parking’ guests, it’s about welcoming them; and that assimilation begins in the parking lot. Designated guest parking, They tell us, sends the message “You are welcome here.” The alternative, They warned us, was to inadvertently communicate a lack of faith or a lack of concern.
Now I have reason to fear that following Their advice will make me guilty of visitor segregation. My hospitable overtures may force my guests to relive horrible childhood memories.
But confusion compounds my fear because I suspect it’s one of Them who’s going against the established consensus. And if They can’t maintain a consensus on church growth, Christendom’s future is bleak.