I talked to a friend of mine today who lives out of state. She’s also a single Christian adult. She’s independent and has a career she enjoys. She told me a story I need to pass along to you guys.
Returning home to her apartment complex, she picked up her mail. One of the things she’d received was a postcard from a local church. The church wanted to reach out to the community of people living in apartments, and they were excited to invite apartment-dwellers to a six-week sermon series…
Wait, what? Okay, I know a married couple who lives in an apartment. A married couple. As in, one.
Okay, sure, there are probably families living apartments. I’m sure the housing crisis has done a lot to move whole families into low-rent apartments. And maybe there are some newlyweds out there who are living in an apartment.
But for the most part, people who live in apartments are single, divorced, or widowed. All you have to do is look around at the people you see every day. And my friend sees only single people in her apartment complex.
I’m sure that church has great intentions. But if I got a postcard inviting me to a six-week sermon series on marriage, I would know what church not to attend for the next month and a half. For that matter, if they’re trying to reach people who don’t normally attend church, is marriage really the topic to start with? How about “Things the Church Believes” or even “Things the Church Doesn’t Believe”–you could get people in the doors and explain to them that Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell don’t represent all of us!
I have to think the people on the outreach committee were just so excited about this idea of reaching out to apartment-dwellers that they charged ahead with the idea before thinking it through all the way.
But maybe they should have thought about demographics before they sent out the postcards.