20 February 2007 ~ 3 Comments

Starbucks And Steeples

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I read a great article this morning over at MMI about the things the church could learn from a staff field trip to Starbucks.  Check it out over here and then come back over.  It’s well worth reading.

Now every so often I think we need to be careful about these things.  It is possible to go overboard worrying about these sorts of issues, but unfortunately, that’s NOT the problem at most churches. 

My favorite part is the reference to Starbucks goal, which I’ve heard before, of being the "third place" for people to be, right behind home and work.  I would love to see this be more of a goal in every one of our churches.  (Quick reminder – the church is not a building, it is a community.)  If we really want to be a community of believers doing life together and making an impact in our community, shouldn’t we be together a whole lot more than just Sunday and life group?  And shouldn’t all of these gatherings be a place where "outsiders" should feel comfortable to be with us and see Christ in us as well?

Just a few thoughts that got me going this morning.  What do you think?

3 Responses to “Starbucks And Steeples”

  1. lori scott 21 February 2007 at 2:36 pm Permalink

    It’s true, Starbucks, It’s A Grind, etc. have made coffee a part of our day. A play to “take a break” and have fellowship w/ a friend, etc. Revolution provides a great atmosphere to be comfortable in.
    I am excited to see your “Creativity” seminars expand. That Hub is a great facility, and art (with coffe, Of Course!) is certainly going to “draw” people in. (Horrible pun, so sorry!)
    :) Lori Scott

  2. Sara 20 February 2007 at 8:40 pm Permalink

    When I enter my favorite coffee stop -It’s A Grind -I think of the theme to the TV show Cheers.
    “Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.
    Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.
    Wouldn’t you like to get away?
    Sometimes you want to go
    Where everybody knows your name,
    and they’re always glad you came.
    You wanna be where you can see,
    our troubles are all the same
    You wanna be where everybody knows
    Your name.”
    When I walk in the people behind the counter have taken the time to get to know my name and what I usually like to order. They come out from behind the counter and chat for a bit. It is so nice and it makes me want to come back. I agree with the article you referred to. If we really want to make people feel welcomed and wanted we must go out of our way and talk to them. I think we do a pretty good job at Revolution.

  3. Paul J. 20 February 2007 at 5:12 pm Permalink

    Very good article. Thanks for the link.

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