A few days ago, while visiting family in Miami, we decided to visit Lincoln Rd by Miami Beach. I had never been there before. I was just told that it was a nice area to visit. It’s a closed off “walking street” with shops and restaurants spilling out over the side walks. As we walked along the road we were greeted with the expected sights of nice restaurants, shops, and well dressed people and dogs. One thing I did not expect to see was a church, though.
Here was this church in the center of this very touristy spot. And what I found to be interesting, is that people actually wanted to come inside. I watched as several people came up and tried to open the doors, but they were locked.
All this got me thinking: what if your church was in the middle of a tourist spot where people just naturally came? What if you didn’t have to rent billboards to let people know where you are, because so many thousands see it every single day? What if a lot of people just naturally came to your church without people having to invite them? How would that change things?
I had to check out their website, of course, and here’s what I found:
It did seem quite dated. I was disappointed by this, as I would have though that the denomination (United Church of Christ) would have put more resources behind this. But instead it was quite basic and rather unappealing. And I know it’s easy for me to say, but somehow all of this seemed like a missed opportunity. It would have been great if people could have been allowed to enter and, at the very least, sit in the pews and pray or something. I don’t know.