The “Common Grounds” is finally open. This is the only other coffee shop in the quaint town the I reside in for the current season. Ironically, after four months of waiting, Common Grounds finally opened the day I left for my vacation. (My life is contained in a quarter mile radius. My church is on one side of main street and my gym and the coffee shop are in apposing storefronts 3 blocks down.)
From the gym for last four months I have watched the location morph from a storefront designed to entertain kids to a coffee shop that looks like it was plucked from a college town. It now filled with homey furnishings, WiFi and high end coffee creating machines. To hear the vision and mission for this coffee shop to reach the community and the Church is very encouraging, both for the community and the Church for me to hear.
It is exciting for the community for it is a place for people of all walks to get a cup of coffee from people who care for the people of the town. As of know, the shop is run purely by volunteers and these people have a heart to care for their community.
It is exciting for the Church for much the same reason. As a small town of under 15,000 people, we have close to 10-20 churches- all fight for a piece of the community. This coffee shop, aptly named “Common Grounds,” allows people to come together, to unity to pursue this town for Christ. Does not matter what church you attend, you all need a fix for your coffee addiction.
So often I see churches fight and clamoring over each other to get people attend their church. This may be more prevalent in youth ministry, but it can be seen at all levels. It sadden me to see people fight over people and the dissension it brings the Church body… I believe that Churches need to encourage people to go where they are being challenged and encouraged to grow.
I am excited to see where this ministry is going to go over the next couple months….