Ever wanted to get rid of church members that complained about your sermons? Or members that griped about the fried chicken at the covered-dish? Well, Sprint has a solution — just send them a letter and dump ’em!
Seems that Sprint, one of the nation’s largest wireless providers, got tired of about 1,000 of their customers who called customer service too much. Sprint decided to terminate their service, which is one way to solve a problem. Kind of a high tech Sopranos-solution, I guess.
A couple of months ago, I read about a church that has a Relocation Pastor — a staff member who helps steer disgruntled members to other churches where they might be happier. That reminded me of a conversation I overheard at a pastors’ meeting one Monday morning. A pastor walked up to a friend of mine and said, “One of your members joined my church yesterday.” To which my friend replied, “That’s great, I’ve got some more I’ll send you!”
Fortunately, church isn’t business, and members aren’t customers. Church is community. Church is family. Church is the place, to paraphrase Robert Frost, that when you go there, they have to take you in. At least that’s the way I think church should be. What do you think?