As I mentioned in our last email, my wife and I enjoy watching Restaurant Impossible on occasion because we LOVE seeing transformation and every time we watch it I really do say that I would LOVE to do a “Church: Impossible”.
Wikipedia has this to say about Restaurant Impossible: “After assessing the problems with the restaurant, Robert Irvine typically creates a plan for the new decor, oversees the cleaning of the restaurant, reduces the size of the menu and improves the food, develops a promotional activity, educates the restaurant’s owners, or trains the staff as needed by each restaurant.”
What a perfect picture of key areas that every church should evaluate on a regular basis! Creating curb appeal at your facility, updating the décor and making sure everything is clean and smells pleasant. Evaluating and making improvements to your “menu”. Making sure every leader is continuing to grow and then providing training for all staff and those “serving”. Improving your promotional activity in your community.
As with most of the desperate restaurants that are on the show, churches are notorious for not making changes. We do the same thing week after week, year after year and things get old and tired – and I’m not just talking about the facility.
On the show, most of the restaurants are within weeks or months from closing. Things are dire and the owner is desperate. Pastor, please do not let it go that far! Evaluate NOW. Take an honest look at things NOW. We’re not just talking about closing an eatery, we’re talking about souls and the cause of Christ.