Why doesn’t Church ask us to Check In?

My favorite neighborhood restaurant is Vee Vee. They serve locally-sourced food in a cosy space. They deliver by bicycle. Inside, they’ve added a new sign:.

“Like Vee Vee? Help spread the word to your friends by checking in on Facebook or Foursquare. Thanks!”

And so I did,  posting a photo of my tasty meal. I visit a lot of churches, more churches than restaurants. I’ve yet to see a sign like this in a church.

“Checking in” with social media allows us to narrate where we spend our time, talent, and treasure. Every Sunday, we boldly invite our people to give generously to further our common ministry. Post a small sign like this or a note in the bulletin asking the same. As Vee Vee said, “Help spread the word to your friends.” Invite our people to check in.

Published by RevEverett

I'm a pastor in the United Church of Christ here in Boston. I serve as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches. Cycliss, seamstress, my book is "Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels." NJ by birth, MA by choice. Opinions are my own. Love abounds.

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    1. Tiffany, that’s great! Love the wipe board. I hope this reads as an affirmation of the good work your church is already doing. And clearly, I haven’t visited Franklin Federated yet. Have you seen other churches asking you to check in?

    1. Thanks Keith, your post is outstanding and a great reminder of all the (easy) things we can do. I was struck with how low-key and unabashed Vee Vee was in asking me to check in. Not always, but sometimes church can get so twisted up in asking if it’s too forward or too commercial to ask our people to do things like checking in. With Vee Vee, it seemed so natural and logical- you like our food, why not tell your friends.

  1. This is great. Thanks, Laura! We have a Foursquare decal in the window at St. John’s, Lakewood, WA, but I appreciate your suggestion that our requests be more explicit. I’ve been sharing this a lot this morning…

  2. So true Laura. I enjoyed your blog. I will have to check if its possible to check in at my church =) i will keep you posted

  3. Pingback: Check-in Evangelism | Reflections on the Journey

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