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WHAT WORKING IN CHRISTIAN RETAIL TAUGHT ME ABOUT ENGAGING THE INQUISITIVE
For more than 16 years, I served in some capacity as an employee of LifeWay Christian Stores. Because of this, I regularly engaged with people who are dabbling with the idea of church.
These bookstore visitors range from quilting-bee grandmothers to rough-and-tumble bikers.
While each guest may look different on the outside, I find they often ask similar questions. These questions reveal four types of people who may be future guests at your church.
1. The “How-To” Fixers
These individuals sense something in their life is broken. Maybe it’s a marriage on the rocks, kids living in rebellion, or credit-card debt that’s breathing down their neck.
Regardless of the need, these people are often attracted to the church (or a Christian retailer) in search of a quick how-to fix for their problem.
As Christians, we know everyone’s greatest need is the righteousness of God and the forgiveness of sins offered through Jesus’ gospel.
We extend empathy toward the pressing needs that drive guests to our doors. At the same time, we must explain how only Christ can satisfy one’s deepest longings.
We serve these guests by being honest about our own sinfulness. We can do this through public and regular confession of sin, which is especially effective in an intimate small group setting.
Once a church sets the backdrop of humility, the light of the gospel can shine on those who are driven to God’s people by a spirit of brokenness.
2. The Spectacle Seekers
Spectacle seekers peek at the church hungry for a show. These folks might walk into a Christian establishment because they heard of a new “Bible code” for predicting end-time events.