This guy’s doing it all wrong.
Pete and I saw a lot of unchurchy stuff going on at this church. We saw kids exercising.
They were reading and writing.
Kids were learning how to make things they could sell.
This isn’t how a church is supposed to look on a weekday.
It’s supposed to look like this:
This is a common mistake made by pastors in the developing world. They don’t know any better. They’ve never been to a pastors conference.
I’ve seen this time and again: churches in the third world doing stuff we Christians in America are savvy enough to get politicians and non-profits to do for us.
In a church in the Dominican Republic, for instance, I saw new moms learning about nutrition.
In Uganda, I saw a church acting like a job training center.
And all over the developing world our misled brothers and sisters are educating kids who can’t afford to go to school.
Again, churches aren’t supposed to look like that on a weekday. They’re supposed to look like this:
In Kolkata I finally snapped and just asked this pastor guy what on earth he was thinking.
”Our witness is our service,” he said.
What?? Heck no. That’s not how you grow a church. No, what you need is a great looking building in a growing area, where income and population are rising. Then, hire a music guy with a great haircut. Next, come up with a really cool name and logo. Then, mail out a few thousand cards to folks in the neighborhood asking them to come to your Sunday services. Oh, and eventually you’ll need to buy one of these.
And you’ve got to build more buildings. Lots of buildings. And you’ve got to protect those buildings from overuse. So, maybe use on Sunday and for a couple hours on a couple nights a week, but no more than that. Don’t get carried away.
Or else your church could be filled with this kind of nonsense.
You don’t want that. Do you?