Great Things Churches Do

Help with the ice and snow

Posted Sunday, December 09, 2007 by Charlie Trimm
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We had terrible ice here this morning in Chicago, and when we got to church (Crossroads Community Church) someone came out to meet us at our car, warned us about how slick it was, and then gave his arm to Mariah to help her to the door while I carried Eily. They were doing this with everyone and even having some people get out right next to the door and then parking their cars for them. I thought that this was a great way to show love to the people as well as to visitors. I remember reading about a church in the NW that had their junior high kids escort people into the building with giant golf umbrellas whenever it rained: not only did people not get wet, but it gave the JH kids a way to get to know people. I just thought that we should highlight some of the great things churches do.  

We visited a church while we were still looking for a church in which the pastor made a side comment about how the regular members need to park in the back of the parking lot and sit in the front so that it makes a statement that we love visitors. Another good idea!

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Gym Membership

Posted Friday, April 11, 2008 by Charlie Trimm
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I was talking with a friend of mine the other day who is married to a pastor, and she mentioned that the church pays for a gym membership for both of them. I think this is a great idea for two reasons. First, it puts flesh on the belief that salvation is holistic: it is not just our soul getting saved, but every aspect of our being, material as well as immaterial. We need fit pastors who take care of their bodies. Second, it is a great way to interact with non-believers. Pastors can easily get into a pattern where all they do is meet with Christians. Going to a gym places them squarely in the midst of a crowd of non-believers. In sum, I think more churches should provide gym memberships for their pastors!
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