Artisan Pizzas and Church Programs
Running into a facebook friend in real life can be an interesting experience for me. While we may not have spoken in some time, they will inevitably know what I have been cooking. I am one of those obnoxious people who get bored while standing at the grill and, rather than doing something productive, snap pictures of what they are cooking and post it to facebook. Over the last few years, I have slowly become a foodie, thanks to websites like yelp.
Nationwide, the foodie trend has slowly picked up steam over the last few years, to the point that Domino’s recently unveiled a line of Artisan Pizza’s. Now, I am not the brightest of bulbs, but something seems a little fishy to me here. I checked out the definition of artisan, and this is what I found:
pertaining to or noting high-quality, distinctive products made in small quantities: artisan beer.
I would hate to throw the quality of Domino’s products into question (especially if any of their corporate lawyers are reading this), but the idea of calling something that is massed produced, artisan, really left me scratching my head. After reading the Los Angeles Times article on the pizzas, it would seem that I am in good company.
Now, as a former youth pastor whose apartment was next door to a Domino’s Pizza, my intent here is not to decry the name of the ones who made me popular with my students (if you feed them…). What I am wondering, however, is how often do we pull a Domino’s in the church world? How often do we slap a popular buzz word on a program and hope that people buy it? Buzz words like community, discipleship, missional, or outreach are often used to describe an event or program… but how often do they truly deliver on that buzz word’s promise?
Are we trying to pull a fast one on people?
How do YOU ensure that YOUR church programming is what it says it is?
Just to prove that I have no ill will towards Domino’s (or any of their corporate lawyers that might be reading this blog), I will give a random commenter a $20 Domino’s gift card. All I ask is that you leave a comment before noon eastern on Thursday, October 13, 2011 and send out a tweet (or share on facebook) about this post. Easy, right?