Just got off the phone with a lady from out of town calling to find out our Sunday times for worship. That's not unusual. Being in a resort community means we get lots of out of town guests every week.
"What time is your Sunday morning service?"
"We have two: 9 and 11:00."
"Are you a relatively large church?"
"Relatively large is a relative term!"
"How many attend a service?"
"Between 2 and 3 hundred." (To some that's big. To other's that's tiny.)
"Are you having a Bible school this summer?"
"What time is your Sunday evening service?"
"We don't have one."
"You don't have one?"
"How about a midweek service?"
"We don't have one of those either."
She was struggling with the curveballs I had just thrown her way.
"That's unusual for a Baptist church. I would have expected it from a (another denomination judged by some as being full of lifeless churches) church."
"We're an 'unusual' Baptist church!"
You know what she was implying? Me, too. People and their stereotypes. Does the number of times a church has some kind of "service" necessarily indicate the depth or breadth of their ministry?
I think I'd rather our church be "unusual". It seems to be working wonders in peoples' lives here.
Oh, yeah. She said, "I'll see you Sunday." Why am I skeptical about that?