“...so now, the latest big controversy in our congregation is about changing the name of our mid-week Bible Study. One of the members read some crazy thing somewhere saying if we call it Bible Study it turns people off! Can you believe it?” Judy Falls complained to the other ladies.
They were sitting around enjoying snacks following another meeting of the First Ladies Club.
Olivette Vernon was hosting the group in the damp and musty Reformed Church parsonage, her home for more than three decades.
“What do they want to call it, then?” Peggy Burt asked, reaching for another of Judy’s chewy granola cookies.
“Small Group Study, can you imagine? Not very descriptive, considering every group at our church is a small one. Ken says it’s all part of the effort to make churches less intimidating for visitors, or something. I think it’s just silliness, especially when there are real issues to get worked up about, like global warming and vivisection and genetically modified food.”
“Changing the name may seem silly to us, but I’ve found over the years that most folks are simply trying to do whatever they can to help their church grow,” Olivette said, and sat down next to Peggy.
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