After years of more, more, more — not Andrea True Connection’s standard — in church, I’d be happy with a lot less, if done well.
That’s the point of the 37signals.com blogpost called “How Chipotle, Pinkberry, and others win big by doing just a few things well.” In my experience, many churches do many things and let many of them slide. Churches can easily become building managers, caterers, child care centers, educational opportunities, musical foundations, small-scale social service agencies and an employer. How many of those will work if there’s only 100 in the pews on Sunday? 50? 10? And what’s the likelihood anyone’s really looking to join a committee?
I’d relish a plain-talking congregation that says: we meet for worship and organize teams to send to other groups to help. Once a year, we have a giving bazaar to encourage charitable giving. We will refer you to educational options. If you want coffee, or to meet for meals, or hold classes, or have a fair then do so. But don’t think of it as part of the church.
But what it does, it does with great care and resolve.