The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Church Parking and Football
I saw something yesterday I had not seen before in over 20 years of ministry. Julie and I had made a quick weekend trip to Dallas to see her family and celebrate her 40th birthday. We had decided to hook up with some long time friends on Sunday and go to the Cowboys / Lions game at the new Cowboys Stadium. Much has been written and said about the billion dollar plus stadium so I’ll skip those details. But I do want to talk about parking. It is a challenge, to say the least, to get good parking at the new stadium. It’s pricey for one thing. The lots that the Cowboys own range from $50 – $75 and some have told me it is even more than that in some prime areas. I found a lot at an office building about a mile away for $11. I decided that walking would be better on my body and pocket book. As we walked closer to the stadium the prices of the lots got understandably more expensive. What caught my eye next was a church. Yes, a church located about a block from the stadium – in it’s shadow really. I wondered: How do you have church on a Sunday when you are that close to a stadium that is pulling in over 100,000 people?? You don’t. At least this church didn’t. Instead they had converted their parking lot into a pay lot at $40 a space!
I was conflicted? Would I do that at my church? Is this smart on the church’s part? Or is it caving to “the world” and making a buck at the same time?
What do you think??