The geek world has been abuzz lately regarding Ars Technica’s look at the ethics of stealing wifi. At Church Marketing Sucks, we don’t make too much of an effort to be arbiters of morality. But we would love to be proponents of ideas.
How about opening your church up?
These days, there’s more to being welcoming to visitors than putting “Welcome” on your church sign. Shoot, it even goes beyond having official “greeters.”
What if your church had the sweetest wifi in the town, some really comfy chairs and a few friendly faces? How great would it be to have folks normally hostile to “church” be able to say, “I’m gonna go hang out at the church and get some work done.”
As a connoisseur of fine seating (ENO and Love Sac, if you’re wondering) and a constant searcher for the perfect coffee shop, I can tell you this: if I found somewhere with good coffee or sweet tea, open spaces and comfy chairs, I’d be there in a heartbeat. Folks lucky enough to work at home, thankful as they should be, need to get away sometimes.
So bump up your Internet speed, get some decent coffee, sweet tea or pastries, and invite folks on in. This is the 21st century. Maybe it’s time that the church is a friend for the friendless, a home for the homeless and an office for the officeless.