In the June issue of the “Living Lutheran” magazine there is an article entitled, “Why we will no longer be a Welcoming Church.” Upon reading this title in the list of articles I was shocked. What do they mean, they will no longer be a welcoming church? Upon reading the article, though, it all made sense. Here is how the article begins.
“Like so many congregations, we’ve sunk an amazing amount of time and energy into becoming a welcoming church. We changed our worship styles, trained greeters and ushers, wore name tags, brewed coffee, went to workshops on hospitality and put our friendliest people in the most prominent places on Sunday mornings.