The church that we have been attending since leaving our CLB is a franchise of Willow Creek. The people are friendly but not intrusive. They have the anonymity thing down pat. We have attended 3 years with a very minimal level of contact from anyone at the church.
We chose our level of engagement, back row and uninvolved. We declined involvement in programs and ministries and in doing so have not involved ourselves in the community beyond a surface level. That was our decision. We understand the response (or lack of) it produced.
It was interesting to me to read these thoughts from Greg Hawkins:
For years the value people appreciated most about the seeker-oriented weekend services was anonymity. This is what all their research showed. People didn’t want to be identified, approached, confronted, or asked to do anything. But those days are over.
And they are!
We get something in the mail almost every day now from the church – postcards, letters, 8×10 mailers, a dvd, fancy brochures, all with a catchy new logo and letterhead.
We have also received several phone calls in the last couple of weeks inviting us to special meetings and receptions. Wow, we are being courted. Suddenly they want to know us!
Oh never mind. I was wrong.
It’s a capital campaign.