Three Hamilton churches have flipped the scripture and want the un-converted to preach to them.
The West Hamilton Anglican Parish, Holy Trinity and All Saints Anglican churches are hosting a meeting called Why I Stopped Going To Church.
Michael Hewat, vicar of West Hamilton Anglican Parish, said the novel idea was to re-connect with people who used to be church-goers, but for some reason stopped.
“People stop going to church for a number of reasons. It can be for lifestyle reasons or that they feel like they’ve been hurt by the church in the past.
“Some people feel they were let down and this is a chance to let them get those feelings off their chest,” Mr Hewat said.
“Maybe they felt religion was pushed too much at school. We want to hear from them, and also to apologise where necessary.”
Mr Hewat wanted people to realise the fellowship and enrichment that church life and a relationship with God could bring.
He said many churches had moved with the times, including his. “We’ve moved away from the four-hymn sandwich and liturgy to something a bit more interactive.”
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 25, at West Hamilton Anglican Church, Rifle Range Rd, at 7.30pm.
Clergy will be present but to listen only; they will not speak or seek to defend the church. Laymen and women, including some who themselves have returned to church, will host the evening.
I would think this is an idea that could be used on a broader basis. Remember the selling of garbage post (https://johndierckx.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/beat-the-recession-sell-garbage/).
“No one’s buying my product or services at the moment”. The recession is killing my business.”
Perhaps it is time to turn the tables around and give people a chance to speak their hearts. Contact your clients and ask them why they stopped buying.
Be like those clergy men: listen only, don’t defend yourself.
What would it take to win back the business and loyalty of those lost clients/customers?
Was it really just the recession or did you maybe over time when times were good start taking these parties an their business for granted?
Only one way to find out and you know what it is.